US Marine Captain Anneliese Satz has become the first woman to complete the F-35B basic training course.
According to the US Marine Corps in a release, flying is nothing new to Satz—prior to joining the US Marine Corps she earned her commercial pilots license flying a Robinson R44 Helicopter which she attributes to preparing her for a career in military aviation.
“Over the last four years, Satz, 29, has completed Aviation Pre-flight Indoctrination in Pensacola, Florida, Primary Flight Training in Corpus Christi, Texas, where she learned to fly the T-6 Texan II, then to Meridian, Mississippi, where she flew the T-45C Goshawk advanced jet training aircraft. Upon completing her initial trainings, she was assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, the “Warlords,” to train on her assigned fleet aircraft: the F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, the world’s first supersonic STOVL stealth aircraft. It’s designed to operate from austere, short-field bases and a range of air-capable ships operating near front-line combat zones.”
“At each of my training schools I did my best,” said Satz in a release.
“I truly believe that showing up prepared and working diligently are two major keys to success.”
After arriving to MCAS Beaufort in July of 2018, she took her first flight in the F-35B in October that year.
“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.”