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Navy Blue Angels to get first female demo pilot for Super Hornets

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels announced new officers joining the team for the 2023 air show season including its first ever woman to fly its F/A-18E/F Super Hornets.

The team has had female personnel supporting other parts of the squadron such as the massive C-130J Super Hercules, but never in the cockpit of its marquee jets.

Lt. Amanda Lee, call sign “Stalin,” of Mounds View, Minnesota, currently assigned to the “Gladiators” of Strike Force Squadron 106 will pave the way, replacing one of two current members on the team. She’s already a demonstration pilot for the U.S. Navy Rhino Demo Team flying the Super Hornet.

Lt. Amanda Lee (U.S. Navy)

She’s a 2013 graduate of Old Dominion University, and will be joined by Lt. Cmdr. Thomas Zimmerman as new Super Hornet pilots next season as part of the core six jets that perform around the nation.

“We had an overwhelming number of applicants from all over the globe this year,” said Capt. Brian Kesselring, commanding officer and flight leader of the Blue Angels, which are based at Naval Air Station Pensacola. “We look forward to training our fantastic new team members, passing on the torch, and watching the incredible things this team will accomplish in 2023.”

The Blue Angels, which were originally formed in 1946, along with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds make several stops in Florida during the air show season, which runs from March-November each year.

“We had an overwhelming number of applicants from all over the globe this year,” said Capt. Brian Kesselring, commanding officer and flight leader of the Blue Angels, which are based at Naval Air Station Pensacola. “We look forward to training our fantastic new team members, passing on the torch, and watching the incredible things this team will accomplish in 2023.”

The Blue Angels, which were originally formed in 1946, along with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds make several stops in Florida during the air show season, which runs from March-November each year.

By Richard Tribou

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