First Female Marine Corps F-35B Pilot
August 18, 2019
U.S. Marine Capt. Anneliese Satz left her legacy on the Marine Corps’ F-35B Program when she became the first female Marine to complete the F-35B Basic Course on June 27, 2019 ... with her first assignment as a F-35B pilot with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 in Iwakuni, Japan.
The F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) variant is the world’s first supersonic STOVL stealth aircraft. It is designed to operate from austere bases and a range of air-capable ships near front-line combat zones. It can also take off and land conventionally from longer runways on major bases. The U.S. Marine Corps' F-35B aircraft reached initial operational capability (IOC) on July 31, 2015, and as of January 2017, a squadron of F-35Bs is permanently based at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan.
Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Marine Corps photos by Sgt. Ashley Phillips