First Female Marine Corps' F-35b Pilot Anneliese Satz Completes Her Pilot Training

The first female Marine Corps’ F-35B pilot just lately graduated her pilot coaching and soon shall be appointed to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 in Japan.

Per Marine delegates, Capt. Anneliese Satz left her legacy on the Marine Corps’ F-35B System when she became the first female Marine to finish the F-35B Basic Course, June 27.

Flying is nothing new to Satz—before becoming a member of the Marine Corps, she received her commercial pilots permit flying a Robinson R44 Helicopter which she credits to preparing her for a career in army aviation.

Over the past 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. Upon finishing her initial training, she was appointed to Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, the “Warlords,” to coach on her assigned line jets: The F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, the world’s first supersonic STOVL stealth plane. It’s engineered to operate from severe, short-field hubs and a range of air-capable ships running near front-line battle zones.

During her four years of training, Satz received over 300 flight hours, spent a significant period practicing in simulators while additionally studying for written and practical exams. Though coaching and learning never stop, she’s going to be assigned to her first operational program, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121.

“I’m very grateful for the teachers, the maintainers, and numerous others at 501 who gave me their expertise and time while I was running through the syllabus,” Satz said.

By Brooks Schroth

Brooks is a 25-year technology sector veteran with a background in enterprise software, market research, electronics, mobility, and digital imaging. He has been a photographer and developed remote control plane since highschool. Further, Brooks combined his ardor for photography and aeronautics in 1992 by learning aerial photography from human-crewed aircraft.

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