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Unread post10 Mar 2021, 22:22

French Female Mirage 200 Fighter pilot:
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Unread post13 Mar 2021, 05:27

First Female Italian Navy Strike Fighter Pilot Earns Wings of Gold
11 Mar 2021 Lt. Michelle Tucker

"The Italian navy’s first female strike fighter pilot received her Wings of Gold after completing undergraduate flight training with the “Tigers” of Training Squadron (VT) 9 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Meridian, Mississippi, March 11.

Italian navy Ensign Erika Raballo was designated a naval aviator during a small winging ceremony at the base chapel with five classmates marking a significant milestone in Italian and U.S. Naval Aviation history and further strengthening the partnership between the two nations.

“We are all incredibly proud of Ensign Raballo,” VT-9 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Meghan Angermann said. “She has proven she is a capable, competent warfighter ready to take her strike aviation training to the next level. She and her classmates worked hard to get to this point and what they can and will accomplish in the future is limitless.”

Raballo conducted her final graded curriculum event in a T-45C Goshawk jet trainer aircraft March 10. She returned to her squadron mates waiting on the Training Air Wing 1 flight line for a traditional “soft winging” ceremony during which Angermann presented Raballo with a fabric patch emblazoned with the Wings of Gold.

“Being the first female Italian navy jet pilot is an amazing feeling,” Raballo said. “My desire is to be the first one of many and I hope I’ll be an inspiration for many other women in all lines of work, not because I’m special, but for the exact opposite; I came from a small town, with no military background whatsoever and with willingness and hard work I was able to make my dream come true.”

Raballo is from Alba in the commune of Piedmont in northwest Italy. Aside from her father and uncles’ compulsory one year of service, Raballo is the first in her family to dedicate her career to military service.

“I decided I wanted to be a pilot when I was 16 after visiting a joint naval and air force base,” Raballo said. “I was stunned by the words of the pilots and so fascinated by the introductory flight that we did on a navy helicopter that the following day I watched ‘Top Gun’ for the first time and I was all in!”

Each year, the Italian navy sends approximately 10 officers to the United States to begin pilot training under Chief of Naval Air Training. Italian navy Lt. Cmdr. Simone Pitto is a country liaison officer and oversees all Italian students in undergraduate flight training.

“In 2000, the Italian parliament approved the opening of the armed forces to women,” Pitto said. “After 20 years they [women] are fully integrated in all operational domains of the navy where they operate on surface ships, submarines, amphibious platoons, special forces, and helicopter squadrons. It is with great pride that now we see a woman also complete jet training and qualify as a STOVL (short take-off vertical landing) pilot. Ensign Raballo’s achievement is a testament to her intellect, skill, and determination to succeed.”

Before reporting to VT-9, Raballo completed primary flight training in T-6B Texan II turboprop trainer aircraft with the “Shooters” of VT-6 under Training Air Wing 5 at NAS Whiting Field in Milton, Florida.

Like her classmates, Raballo is part of a new generation of strike fighter pilots to qualify on state-of-the art Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (ALRE) used on aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) and all future Gerald R. Ford-class carriers: the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG). She completed T-45C carrier qualifications on Ford in the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast, Feb. 5, which she said was her favorite part of the strike pilot training pipeline.

“Landing on the aircraft carrier for the first time was mind blowing,” Raballo said. “I was so nervous at first and I have to say thank you to my paddles (landing signals officers), Lt. Allen Vohden and Lt. Sean Lawrence, for all the patience and effort they put into preparing me skill wise and mentally for that big challenge.”

Raballo will continue to postgraduate training at one of two U.S. Marine Corps fleet replacement squadrons to learn to operate either the F-35 Lightning II or the AV-8B Harrier.

Training alongside allies and partners increases our collective capacity and capabilities, and increases interoperability with U.S. forces. Raballo’s achievement comes as Italian navy aircraft carrier ITS Cavour is conducting flight certification operations with U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraft off the coast of Norfolk.

Chief of Naval Air Training, headquartered in Corpus Christi, trains the world's finest combat-quality aviation professionals, delivering them at the right time, in the right numbers, and at the right cost to a naval force that is where it matters, when it matters. It comprises five training air wings and seven training squadrons in Texas, Florida, and Mississippi in addition to the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron the “Blue Angels” also based in Florida.

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Unread post17 Mar 2021, 13:05

Capt Lacie 'Sonic' Hester USAF WSO F-15E Strike Eagle 2021 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPnpVu-Fr0A

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Unread post19 Mar 2021, 16:26

First Female Su-30 Fighter Pilot
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Unread post19 Mar 2021, 22:23

First Female Pilot Qualified To Fly T-7A Red Hawk: Lt Col Caroline Jensen
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Unread post31 Mar 2021, 15:53

Meet First Female Mirage 2000 Fighter pilot Of Hellenic Air Force
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Unread post10 Apr 2021, 11:01

Lt. Col. Kristen Shadden, head of the 7th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Dyess, was ousted by 7th Bomb Wing boss Col. Jose Sumangil on March 29 when he lost confidence in her ability to lead
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Unread post07 May 2021, 20:19

Australian Air Force Cadet Under Officer Grace Wilton was recently awarded a flight in an @AusAirForce PC-21 during a cadet camp in recognition of her service. “This was a truly memorable & amazing opportunity – the flight in the PC-21 was the best experience,” she said.
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Unread post11 May 2021, 19:54

RAF pilots get new G-force training centre
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-47109716
Fast jet pilots have begun training at a brand new test facility to help them cope with the physical effects of accelerating at top speeds in mid-air manoeuvres.
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Unread post11 May 2021, 21:54

Bundeswehr Luftwaffe Tornado-Pilotin:
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"Ich war die erste Frau auf Kampfflugzeugen"
Christiane Meiners war als trans Frau bei der Luftwaffe, ist von dem geplanten Gesetz aber ausgeschlossen
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Unread post23 May 2021, 06:37

It only takes blood, sweat, tears: First female crew chief flies in B-2 Spirit
17 May 2021 Airman 1st Class Victoria Hommel, 509th Bomb Wing Public Affairs

"WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. – -- Less than 30 enlisted Airmen know the feeling of taking flight over Whiteman Air Force Base in the B-2 Spirit, only one of those Airmen is female. Earning Spirit Number 760, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Lambert, 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief assigned to the Spirit of New York, was awarded the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Thomas N. Barnes Award. Along with this accomplishment, she also earned an incentive flight in the stealth bomber...."

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Unread post01 Jun 2021, 11:29

F-4E ΓΥΝΑΙΚΑ ΠΙΛΟΤΟΣ Αχιλλεία Γεωργακίλα
Phantom Female Fighter pilot Hellenic Air Force

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Unread post05 Jun 2021, 04:35

USMC 1st Lt Brenda McCarthy LAST female Marine Weapon Systems Officer [WSO] F/A-18D HORNET winged
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Unread post05 Jun 2021, 04:48

Sabrehawks Winging Ceremony
03 Jun 2021 | Sgt. Annika Moody, Lance Cpl. Fernando Moreno

"...U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Brenda McCarthy is the last female Marine to receive her aviator wings for the position of Weapon Systems Officer, or WSO. As if the moment wasn’t historic enough, McCarthy was pinned by retired U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Amy McGrath, the very first female WSO...."

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