Blue Angels Select First Female Fighter Jet Pilot

From a story on axios,com by Julia Shapero headlined “Blue Angels select first female fight jet pilot”:

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels selected the first female fighter jet pilot to join their elite flight demonstration squadron.

Driving the news: Lt. Amanda Lee will join the Blue Angels for the 2023 air show season as a F/A-18E/F Super Hornet pilot, according to a press release. She was selected alongside five other new members.

  • The Blue Angels selected another F/A-18E/F Super Hornet pilot, an events coordinator, a C-130J Super Hercules pilot, an aviation maintenance officer and a flight surgeon to join its rank, in addition to Lee.
  • They will replace outgoing officers of the 17-member squadron.

What they’re saying: “We had an overwhelming number of applicants from all over the globe this year,” Capt. Brian Kesselring, commanding officer and flight leader of the Blue Angels, said in a statement.

  • “We look forward to training our fantastic new team members, passing on the torch, and watching the incredible things this team will accomplish in 2023,” he added.

Background: The Thunderbirds, the U.S. Air Force’s premier flight demonstration team, selected Col. Nicole Malachowski as its first female pilot in 2005.

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