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March 1, 2024: Aviation pioneer charts her own course; ‘Germinating’ at City Park

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48min 58sec
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Captain M’Lis Ward stands in United Airlines’ new building at their training facility in Central Park. Feb. 22, 2024.

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M'Lis Ward trained fighter pilots. But as a woman, she wasn't allowed to be one. Instead, she went onto United, becoming the first Black female captain at a U.S. passenger airline. Now she trains other pilots at United in Denver. Plus, a coming-of-age story set at a family reunion in Denver's city park.