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It's the first time in at least 60 years.

Talia Avakian
August 15, 2016

Nashville-based pilot Amanda Farnsworth and her friend, Dee Dee Turner, made history last Tuesday when they became the first female crew to land a private aircraft in Havana, Cuba, in at least the last 60 years.

According to The Tennessean, the two flew in a five-seater airplane from Nashville’s John C. Tune Airport and landed in Orlando, Florida, before flying another few hundred miles to land in Havana’s José Martí International Airport.

They might even be the first all-female crew to have ever made this type of journey to the country, with officials now tracing historical documents to find out.

Farnsworth, who has been a pilot for the last 14 years and who serves on the board of directors for both the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority and Washington’s Owner’s and Pilots Association—the world’s largest pilot organization—said in interviews that she wanted to explore the airspace before commercial planes start flying there this fall.

The process was not easy, as it took Farnworth around two months to put together all of the visa and paperwork documentation needed to receive the proper permits.

The two spent a total of 48 hours in the country’s capital before returning back to the United States last Thursday.

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