This woman is the first female Marine to pilot the F-35B combat jet

Posted at 3:00 PM, Aug 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-17 15:00:47-04

US Marine Capt. Anneliese Satz made history when she completed the F-35B basic flight training course.

She is the first female Marine to pilot an F-35B aircraft, according to the Marine Corp. Satz trained all over the country for the last four years before accomplishing her goal and finishing the course June 27.

“At each of my training schools I did my best,” said the Boise, Idaho, native in a statement. “I truly believe that showing up prepared and working diligently are two major keys to success.”

She was assigned to the supersonic short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) stealth aircraft and sent to Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 in Beaufort, South Carolina.

Satz flew the F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter by herself for the first time in October — and the rest is history.

“The syllabus thoroughly prepares you for that first time you take off and for every flight after that, it’s an exhilarating experience,” Satz said.

Before the Marines, Satz flew a helicopter with her commercial pilot’s license, experience she credits as helping with her military success. She now has over 300 flight hours and is assigned to her first operational unit, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, in Iwakuni, Japan.

“I’m very grateful for the instructors, the maintainers, and countless others at 501 who lent me their expertise and time while I was going through the syllabus,” Satz said.