Wednesday, January 30, 2019

U.S. Navy to Honor First Female Fighter Pilot With Female-Piloted Flyover at Funeral

Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, Virginia – ENS Rosemary Conatser (later Mariner) at the controls of a fleet composite Squadron Two, VC-2, S-2 Tracker Antisubmarine Aircraft. January 9, 1975. Via U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command.

USNI News: Navy to Honor First Female Fighter Pilot with Female-Piloted Flyover at Funeral

The Navy will say goodbye to its first female fighter pilot with its first all-female flyover, the service told USNI News on Wednesday.

Retired Capt. Rosemary Mariner, who served in the Navy from 1973 to 1997, had a career full of firsts: 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.

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, the Navy will perform its first all-female flyover during Mariner’s funeral on Saturday.

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WNU Editor:  R.I.P.

Hat tip to Fred for this link.

2 comments:

Dov Sar said...

She was my mentor. Her husband was my A=4 instructor. She was a true pioneer and it was a tough road, but her success can be seen by the fact that two of the female flyover pilots are XO and CO's of fighter squadrons.

Anonymous said...

Really cool. Thanks for sharing. We want more women like that :)