[Vision2020] Helicopter pilot from Idaho becomes 1st female Marine to pilot F-35 jet

Tom Hansen thansen at moscow.com
Thu Aug 15 14:17:43 PDT 2019

Courtesy of KHQ News at:



Helicopter pilot from Idaho becomes 1st female Marine to pilot F-35 jet

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — A former commercial helicopter pilot and Idaho native has become the first female Marine to pilot the F-35, a next-generation joint strike fighter aircraft.

The Island Packet reports Capt. Anneliese Satz completed her fighter jet training this summer at the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort, South Carolina.

KTVB says Satz is from Boise, Idaho, and graduated from Boise State University.

Satz trained in Mississippi, Florida and Texas over the past four years before arriving in Beaufort last summer to train in the F-35B Lightning II. A station statement says Satz's aircraft is a supersonic stealth vessel designed to operate from short-field bases and near front-line combat zones.

The statement says the 29-year-old Satz credits her history as a commercial helicopter pilot as what prepared her for a career in military aviation. She's now headed to Iwakuni, Japan, to join a unit called the Green Knights.


Photo . . .

Capt. Anneliese Satz conducts pre-flight checks prior to a training flight aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, March 11. Satz graduated the F-35B Lighting II Pilot Training Program June and will be assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 in Iwakuni, Japan.


Seeya 'round town, Moscow, because . . .

"Moscow Cares" (the most fun you can have with your pants on)
Tom Hansen
Moscow, Idaho

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