Carol joined the Air Force straight out of high school and became a jet pilot (badass!) and then a test pilot (extra badass! you have to be crazy skilled for that shit gO CAROL)
She had her flight clearance revoked when they shifted her to a Special Forces role. She was super bummed.
Good thing the Avengers let her fly all the things! Quinjet, that thing they took to outer space when they were chasing down the Phoenix Force, you name it.
Also she has a little Cessna and it’s super cute.
Aviation mechanic certified? She sure should be if she’s doing all those repairs let’s give her the benefit of the doubt
OKAY BUT WHAT IF I JUST WANT TO READ A LOT OF RAD ISSUES WHERE CAROL FLIES STUFF. WHERE SHOULD I START?
A TOTALLY NOT COMPREHENSIVE BUT STILL PRETTY AVIATION-RAD LIST OF PLACES TO START:
Avenging Spider-Man #s 9 & 10. Carol and Peter Parker fly to Boston in Carol’s brand-new little Cessna. Peter is a weenie in the sky. Carol waxes almost poetic about the joys of flight. The Cessna doesn’t fare so great. Good thing she’s presumably got that mechanic’s certification.
Ms. Marvel v2 #1. First two pages are an ode to Carol, Pilot, Adrenaline Junkie.
Ms. Marvel v2 #31. Kind of a bummer of an issue overall, but there’s this moment where she reminisces about the Air Force Academy:
Ms. Marvel v2 #32. Carol tests a stealth jet built by Tony Stark, meets Tony for the first time. Stark should maybe stick to the iron suits. Stealth jet not so stealthy. Carol gets shot down over Afghanistan and is an incredible badass for the rest of the issue. (tw: torture on that one.)
Captain Marvel (2012-2013) #s 2-6. Women in Aviation feels all over the place. Helen Cobb’s T6. WWII Banshee Squadron. This moment:
plus racing in the Skies of the Past with her hero. Come on.
Avengers Assemble #10. Carol punches a goon through the window of a flippin’ Quinjet while she’s flying it.
carol danvers: six emotional moments (in no particular order)
“Captain Marvel. The name will always define the best of us. Perhaps it should live on.” the letter to tony stark, after an (alive again) mar-vell sacrificed himself to protect avengers from the phoenix force. (secret avengers 2012 #28)
a tearful carol is cleared to continue on as an avenger after admitting she killed an opponent in combat during the kang war. (avengers v3 #56)
tony confronts carol on her drinking problem; she bursts into tears and admits she needs help. (iron man v3 #18)
after carol bursts in with the rest of the avengers to rescue a shaken jessica drew in madripoor, she and jess have a sweet talk. friendship back up and running. (spider-woman: agent of sword #7)
“This is a trick, right?” captain america, back from the dead. carol and steve’s reunion. (new avengers v1 #32)
carol attends the funeral of helen cobb, mentor, carol’s hero. carries helen’s ashes into space. (captain marvel 2012 #1)