US Marine Capt. Anneliese Satz has made history by becoming the first female Marine to pilot an F-35B aircraft, according to the Marine Corp.
So far only men have been permitted to fly these expensive fighter jets but now the 29-year-old woman from Idaho has changed that and possibly opened up a way for other women to follow through.
Marine Capt. Anneliese Satz who was a commercial helicopter pilot beforehand has trained all over the country for the last four years before accomplishing her goal and completing the F-35B basic flight training course.
“At each of my training schools I did my best,” she revealed in a statement. “I truly believe that showing up prepared and working diligently are two major keys to success.”
Her training took her to bases in Florida, Texas and Mississippi and she has completed over 300 hours flying.
“The first flight in an F-35 is by yourself. The syllabus thoroughly prepares you for that first time you take off and for every flight after that, it’s an exhilarating experience.” Captain Satz said in a press release.
Captain Satz is set to pilot the F-35B Lightning II as part of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, the Green Knights, in Iwakuni, Japan, according to the press release. She said, “I am incredibly excited to get to VMFA-121 and look forward to the opportunity to serve in the Fleet Marine Forces.”
“I’m very grateful for the instructors, the maintainers, and countless others at 501 who lent me their expertise and time while I was going through the syllabus,” Capt.Satz said.
Such an amazing achievement by a woman who is lighting the way for so many others to follow through. Many congratulations Captain Satz!
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