FIRST FEMALE F-35B PILOT

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, June 27.

Flying is nothing new to Satz—prior to joining the Marine Corps she earned her commercial pilots license flying a Robinson R44 Helicopter which she attributes to preparing her for a career in military aviation.

Over the last four years, Satz, 29, has completed Aviation Pre-flight Indoctrination in Pensacola, Florida, Primary Flight Training in Corpus Christi, Texas, where she learned to fly the T-6 Texan II, then to Meridian, Mississippi, where she flew the T-45C Goshawk advanced jet training aircraft. Upon completing her initial trainings, she was assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, the “Warlords,” to train on her assigned fleet aircraft: the F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, the world’s first supersonic STOVL stealth aircraft. It’s designed to operate from austere, short-field bases and a range of air-capable ships operating near front-line combat zones.

“At each of my training schools I did my best,” said Satz, a Boise, Idaho native. “I truly believe that showing up prepared and working diligently are two major keys to success.”

After arriving to MCAS Beaufort in July of 2018, she took her first flight in the F-35B in October that year.

“The first flight in an F-35 is by yourself,” she said. “The syllabus thoroughly prepares you for that first time you take off and for every flight after that, it’s an exhilarating experience.”

During her four years of training, Satz earned over 300 flight hours, spent a significant amount of time practicing in simulators while also studying for written and practical application exams; and although training and learning never stops, she will now be assigned to her first operational unit, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, the Green Knights in Iwakuni, Japan.

“I’m very grateful for the instructors, the maintainers, and countless others at 501 who lent me their expertise and time while I was going through the syllabus,” Satz said. “This is a phenomenal program made possible by all of their hard work. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to learn from all of them. I am incredibly excited to get to VMFA-121 and look forward to the opportunity to serve in the Fleet Marine Forces.”

9 AUG 2019 | Sgt. Brittney VellaMarine Corps Air Station Beaufort

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45 thoughts on “FIRST FEMALE F-35B PILOT”

  1. OORAH, Skipper!!! Welcome to the Fleet Marine Forces. Wish you the best of luck in all your endeavors and hope you enjoy Iwakuni and the Green Knights. Semper Fi!!

    1. SEMPER FI MARINE❗️❗️🇱🇷
      I feel you are going to go far❗️

      Jim Panlener
      CPL. USMC
      Vietnam Vet
      68/72 – 75/77

  2. Congrats Capt. You will enjoy Japan 🇯🇵. I to was stationed at MCAS Beaufort, SC., with VMFA-333 ☘️☘️☘️ 1978-1982,
    and went 2 West PACs with Trip Trey to Iwakuni. Get out and enjoy the people and the food.
    Tony Woconish
    1976-1982
    USMC

  3. OORAH Capt. Satz! As a former Green Knight (1979-1982) this makes me proud. VMA (AW) 121 always led the way back in my day, and Capt. Satz is adding to the legacy of a tremendous squadron. Wishing you all the best Captain. Semper Fi!
    Sgt Scott McFerrin
    USMC
    1978-1982

  4. Congrats Captain ! I wish you the best of luck.

    Semper Fidelis,

    Sgt David Jensen
    H&MS 31 (TAD to VMFA 333)
    1968-1972

  5. Never stop improving your skills , never fail to achieve your goals as a Marine, a woman , an American ! Personally , would like to salute you .
    John S. Lamb,
    5th Marine Regiment,
    1967-1969 , Viet Nam

    Semper Fi Lady !!!

  6. Some lost young MAN is walking around in civilian world when his place as an Marine aviator was just filled by a woman who should be home, bare foot and pregnant cooking dinner for her husband…..hoo rah the old Corps is dying…… And you guys are going to pay dearly !!! Semper Fi hi

    1. We can’t all be progressive and forward thinking. Worry more about the Old Corps and honor with the arrest of 16 Marines for human trafficking than having a WM achieve the distinction of being a combat pilot in the finest aircraft in the finest organization in the world The United States Marine Corps. Congratulations Ma’m. SEMPER FI.
      David L. Mushrush
      SGT. April 67 to October 70

      1. the old corps is passing on like a giant wave of darkness the old goes away in the dark the new in the light think about a squad like Tlaib, Omar, AOC or Maxine Waters they will raise what flag? this new Marine might have a chance to retain our country time will tell. Semper Fi do or die.

    2. JEFF YOUR MY TYPE. WE THINK ALIKE. NEXT THEY WILL BE IN OUR FOXHOLES. MAYBE THATS NOT SUCH A BAD IDEA AS LONG AS THEY STAY THERE. WATCH YOUR 6.
      THANKS JEFF FOR HAVING THE BALLS TO SAY HOW YOU FEEL.
      SEMPER FI. MALE MARINE.

  7. In Viet Nam you fly boys more than once saved my bacon and I am eternally greatful. A female in your ranks with your determination can be nothing but a plus! OOH RAH!

  8. Thank you very much for all your hard work. I am sure you are very proud of your self.And you should be!!! My son was in the infantry. Thank you and God Bless you. Doug

  9. My My Captain….
    The best keeps getting better..
    God bless you and yours…REAL GOOD…
    Sgt. E J 1953 – 1956

  10. This is absolutely one of the best stories I’ve ever read on Sgt. Grit. Congratulations on your many magnificent accomplishments. —Best wishes for continued great success– from an old grunt, Terry Kindlon Echo 2/3, Vietnam ’67-’68.

  11. What an awesome achievement and what a wonderful role model you are to any one who has a dream! You made yours a reality and you are a credit to the Corp! So proud of all the Marines in our life especially the one who is stationed at Beaufort, SC right now. Best of luck in Japan and keep reaching for the stars.

  12. Congrats Satz! Some remarkable accomplishments in your young career! I was assigned to MCAS Iwakuni Japan from 1976-1977 and it was an excellent Air Station!

  13. Congratulations Capt. Satz! Who says we can’t have exceptional female pilots?
    Here’s wishing you all the best. Make us Old Corp Marines proud!

    Anthony Reyes
    GySgt
    USMC (ret)
    1969 – 1991

  14. This is a great story of incredible achievement. I was with VMA 121 in 1968 in Chu Lai South Vietnam. I’m sure she would have garnered more attention than most of our great pilots. But it sure would have been nice to have a flower among the thorns.

  15. I teach 4th grade, I’ll put this on my bulletin board so all the girls can see this and know what opportunities are available to those who believe in hard work and commitment! Well done Capt. Satz!
    best,
    Patricia
    Father, USMC Vietnam Era
    Brothers x 2 USMC post 9-11

  16. Congratulations Captain Satz: You are a credit to all Military Aviators of any branch or gender. You bring pride not only to yourself, but to all of us who served. Please continue your fine work, and if you are able, encourage more like you if you if you can find them ! I come from a Marine Corps family, but served in the Navy Hospital Corp. The single best year of my life was serving with the Aviators and other Navy and Marine Corps personnel in Pensacola, Florida. I served in Vietnam from 1969-70. I wish you all the best in your continuing career, and know you will always be a guiding light to those who would consider doing what you do. Semper Fi. Sincerely Yours, Irving A. Cohen II LPN

  17. So very proud of you!
    My ww2 dad, a Marine, aeronautical,worked on theCorsair in the Pacific
    He is looking down from Marine Heaven and watching you.
    Best of luck!
    Sharon Stack

  18. You make me proud, Marine. I wish I could shake your hand. Fortes! Fortuna! Juvat!
    Semper Fi!
    Kilo Co, 2nd Plt Guns
    3/3/3, FMF ‘Nam 68′ 69’

  19. I’m not surprised. My Mom told me 60 yrs ago, if you want it done right call a woman. Must have been right, Dad (WWII Veteran) would smile every time she said that and she would smile right back.
    SEMPER FI Major (just stating the obvious early).

  20. OOh-Rah , Ma’am! Great job. So proud of the Marines, of today. May I speak freely for a moment? I know you worked you ass off. You deserve the recondition. Senper Fi.

  21. Bet the author of the article missed a digit on the flight hours, probably she had over 3,000 flight hours in four years, not 300.

  22. BIG CONGRATS CAPT! I was with HMH 462 which had the FIRST FEMALE CH 53 Sea Stallion pilot-She did an OUTSTANDING Job as I’m sure you will also Only YOUR RIDE goes a little faster than a CH53! Enjoy and welcome to The Air Wing!
    Sgt RM Dinwiddie
    HMH 462
    FMF Pac 69-73 -73-75
    Crew Chief/Gunner

  23. Semper Fi, Skipper. From an old Rotorhead in Ch46’s.
    Ron Cook,
    Sgt 1970-77 Vietnam 72
    You’re bound to become one of the best pilots that the Corps ever produced.

  24. You should be so proud of yourself, I as a women am proud of what you have accomplished
    for other women to do in the future. Thank you!!!!!

  25. Times change and having been at MCAS Beaufort in early sixties I always had a lot of admiration for aviators. I spent a lot of time around the tactical aircraft.
    The talents to fly these new aircraft are a lot of training and dedication.
    So that said I will tell you I have a hell of a lot of respect for you and I hope some way to follow your career in the Corp. I was in Iwakuni in the early sixties and was at MAG11 Atsugi
    Have a lot of fun and you are a Marine and thanks for your hard work. Need a bunch more just like you. Semper Fi.
    Corporal David Jones USMC always

  26. THIS FEMALE SURE GOT A LOT OF PATS ON THE BACK AND HIGH FIVES.
    LATER I STARTED TO THINK WITH MY REALITY BRAIN AND NOT MY LA LA LAND BRAIN. CONGRATS CAPT BUT NOW SOME QUESTIONS FOR YOU
    AND FOR ALL YOU OTHER MARINES TO THINK ABOUT.
    ? WHY IS SHE THE 1ST NO OTHER FEMALE MARINE FIGHTER PILOTS.
    TRAINING FOR THE JOB.
    DID SHE BUNK WITH ALL THE OTHER STUDENT PILOT MEN? REMEMBER SHE IS THE 1ST.
    DID SHE HAVE HER OWN ROOM, HEAD, SHOWER?
    WERE HER INSTRUCTERS MEN OR FEMALE?
    THEN THE BULB TURNED ON IN MY BRAIN AFTER I READ THE FEMALE POSTS. COULD THIS BE A ” ME TO ” POST.
    HEAR ME OUT MALE MARINES OF THE OLD USMC.
    TO ME IT APPEARS THAT THE COMMANDANT HAS SOLD HIS SOUL TO SAVE HIS ASS. THE FEMALE SENATORS AND REP’S ARE GUNNING FOR HIM AND ALL THE HEADS OF THE ARMY, NAVY, AND COASTGUARD.
    THEY WANT WOMEN–FEMALES IN THE MILITARY. THE “ME TO”
    FEMALES ARE OUT TO CHANGE WHAT HAS BEEN SINCE 1774-76.
    IF THEY DO THEN GOD REST THE OLD MARINE CORP.
    ALL MY OPINION AND WE KNOW WHAT OPINIONS ARE. GOD BLESS THE NEW USMC, BEER, MEMORIES OF THE OLD ONE, COUNTRY MUSIC
    AND REAL WOMEN. SEMPER FI. ALL YOU MEN MARINES. YES I AM MARRIED (45 YRS) AND HAVE 2 GREAT DAUGHTERS AND 2 BEAUTIFULL GRANDDAUGHERS SO I AM NOT A CHOVINEST PIG. NO THEY ARE NOT MARINES.

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