Fitting for a great patriot.
All Female Naval Aviators Did a Flyover to Honor the Very First Woman Fighter Pilot
To honor the life and legacy of a female pioneer in Naval aviation, the U.S. Navy will conduct the first ever all-female flyover this Saturday, Feb. 2 in Maynardville, TN.
On Feb. 2, 2019 the U.S. Navy will bid farewell to its first female fighter pilot with its first all-female flyover.
Retired Capt. Rosemary Mariner, who served in the Navy from 1973 to 1997, reached many important achievements during her career: she was among the first women to earn her pilot wings in 1974, was the first woman to fly a tactical fighter jet in 1975, and was the first woman to command a naval aviation squadron in 1990, among others achievements.
During Mariner’s funeral on Saturday the U.S. Navy will perform its first all-female flyover, to honor not only her achievements but also her work as an educator and mentor – to female pilots in particular – during and after her naval career.
Naval Air Force Atlantic spokesman Cmdr. Dave Hecht told USNI News that the Navy had selected all female pilots to participate in this flyover, which is a first for the service, as well as one of two ground crew being female. Mariner had personally mentored some of the women involved in the flyover, he added.
Here’s the U.S. Navy’s statement regarding the flyover for retired Capt. Rosemary Mariner: