Cholene Espinoza, Postbac Premed student and former Air Force U-2 spy plane pilot, wrote an op-ed piece for the May 7th edition of The New York Times that argues the value of U-2 spy planes in the face of the Air Force's plan to retire the "Dragon Lady." The piece entitled, "The Last Days of the Dragon Lady," also details Espinoza's experience piloting the planes in the 1990s.
Espinoza was the second woman to fly the U-2 reconnaissance plane in the U.S. Air Force and was awarded the Air Medal for combat missions in Iraq and the former Yugoslavia. Following the Sept. 11 attacks, she was an embedded reporter in Iraq for Talk Radio News Service, where she is currently a military correspondent.
Espinoza also published a book entitled, “Through the Eye of the Storm: A Book Dedicated to Rebuilding What Katrina Washed Away.”