U.S. Navy Captain Rosemary Mariner was a true trailblazer for women in the military.
★She was the first female tactical fighter jet pilot in the US Navy.
★In 1990 Rosemary became the first woman to command an aviation squadron in the Navy and was selected for major aviation shore command.
★She was the first woman pilot to land a jet on an aircraft carrier, subsequently she was a veteran of seventeen carrier deployments with over 3,500 military flight hours in fifteen different Navy aircraft.
★She and two other women were the first women aviators selected for promotion to Captain in the U.S. Navy in 1993.
★Captain Mariner worked with Congress and an advisory board in the Defense Department to lift the restrictions on female pilots flying combat missions. The results of this ruling truly opened doors to opportunities for women aviators and removed regulations that did not allow women in combat.
Information for this blog post is from an article in Wikipedia
★★★★★Please Note: For the first time in history, at Rosemary's funeral on February 2, 2019, the United States Navy conducted a flyover by a team of female pilots. The Navy explained, "The Missing Man Flyover is a special tribute honoring the service of aviators who have died serving their country. The maneuver features four aircraft flying above the funeral service in formation as one of the aircraft leaves the formation and climbs vertically into the heavens.”
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