Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

Air Force Announces First Ever Female F-35 Fighter Jet Pilot, Lt. Col. Christine Mau

Everything will be better when we’ve achieved gender equality in mass homicide, right?

By Dominique Mosbergen

Huffington Post

the first woman to fly the F-35 Lightning II fighter jet.

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Lt. Col. Christine Mau, 33rd Operations Group deputy commander, puts on her helmet before taking her first flight in the F-35A on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., May 5, 2015.

Mau took to the skies in an F-35 from Florida’s Eglin Air Force Base on Tuesday, the Air Force announced. Previously, she’d completed 14 virtual training missions in a flight simulator.

“It wasn’t until I was taxiing to the runway that it really struck me that I was on my own in the jet,” the former F-15E Strike Eagle pilot said, per a news release. “I had a chase aircraft, but there was no weapons system officer or instructor pilot sitting behind me, and no one in my ear like in simulators.”

Mau is the 88th F-35 pilot who has trained at Eglin in the last four years, the Air Force says. The F-35 program includes the Navy, Marine Corps and allied forces.


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