In 1994, Jeannie Leavitt was the first U.S. Air Force female fighter pilot accepted for combat. A skilled pilot, Leavitt graduated top of her class in 1993. She got first choice of aircraft and she picked the F-15E fighter jet but was initially denied. Women were not allowed to fly in combat. A few months later, Air Force leadership changed their policy. Leavitt and two other women pioneered the way for women to fight in combat.