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Helicopter Pilot Makes History By Becoming First Female Marine To Pilot F-35B Jet

caitlyn.clancey 17 Aug 2019

An Idaho commercial helicopter pilot has recently made history by becoming the first female marine to ever pilot a F-35B jet, CNN reported.

Marine Capt. Anneliese Satz, 29, credits her success to "showing up prepared and working diligently."

For anyone who may not be savvy on all things jet-related, the F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is one serious aircraft.

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This supersonic stealth jet is best known for its multi-role capabilities, meaning there's just about nothing this thing can't do. Described as being a "super weapon", the aircraft can complete a wide range of missions, from close-air support and air-to-ground attack, to air-to-air engagements and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR).

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In order to fly one of these bad boys, a pilot must first complete a four-year course.

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And on June 27, Captain Satz officially finished her training, becoming the first female Marine to pilot an F-35B aircraft.

The Marine Corp shared the news in an official statement, explaining that Satz's training began with flying smaller aircraft before eventually graduating to piloting the F-35B.

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Satz said she always did her best at each training school she attended during her four-year program.

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"I truly believe that showing up prepared and working diligently are two major keys to success," she said.

She first climbed inside the cockpit of an F-35B back in October and instantly fell in love: "The syllabus thoroughly prepares you for that first time you take off and for every flight after that, it's an exhilarating experience."

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The pilot has now clocked in over 300 hours of flight-time in the aircraft and will be heading to her first operation unit in Iwakuni, Japan.

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She'll be joining the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, the Green Knights.

The first woman to ever fly in the Marine Corps took flight in 1995. The then-2nd Lt. Sarah Deal piloted a heavy-lift helicopter with Capt. Vernice Armour becoming the first black female Marine pilot soon after in 2001.

h/t: CNN

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