Sydney-Marie attended a local aviation camp where she emerged as the top student, due to merit, she was chosen as one of the attendees in a U.S. Air Force-sponsored national camp in Tuskegee, Alabama.
“They only pick 20 students out of the whole entire country,” Flowers told WKYC, “I just felt that it was a real accomplishment for me, and also a privilege to step on the same field the Tuskegee airman stepped on.”
She recently embarked on her first solo flight in the historic field in Tuskegee. Sydney-Marie disclosed that training was difficult and she was faced with stumble blocks on her last landing, but she managed to nail it.
“I am extremely proud of my daughter. She made goals and she’s pretty much aced every goal,” said her mother, Marie-Lynn Ogletree.
Sydney-Marie will join a small group of Black women pilots, wherein only 4.4% of airline transport pilots are women and only 2.7% are Black, according to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.