Merryl Tengesdal is a retired military officer known for being the first and only Black woman to fly the U-2 spy plane, contributing significantly to high-altitude reconnaissance missions.
The U-2 earned its nickname due to its demanding flight characteristics, requiring immense skill to pilot, much like the unpredictable nature of the “Dragon Lady” character in the “Terry and the Pirates” comic strip.
Merryl began with a deep interest in flying and space, served in the Navy flying the SH-60B Seahawk Helicopter, and later transitioned to the Air Force, where she piloted the U-2.
Merryl often writes about her experiences in the military, insights from her aviation career, and broader themes of leadership, diversity, and empowerment.
From time to time, Merryl collaborates with fellow professionals or features guest pieces. Check the blog section for any such contributions.
Yes, a range of merchandise, from apparel to collectibles, is available on Merryl’s website under the ‘Shop’ section.
Merryl is passionate about community service and often supports various causes. Specific campaigns or collaborations might direct a portion of sales to charitable endeavors. Details are usually provided on her website or product descriptions.