First Female F-35B Pilot

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 comments


  • don McCollor

    …somehow I remember the Star Trek words of Spock to Uluru “I have utmost confidence in you”…


  • BRENDAN MC CARRON 1ST MAW DANANG VIETNAM 1966, 1968.

    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.


  • Harold Allie

    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.


  • BRENDAN MCCARRON 1st MAW DANANG 66-68

    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.


  • David w Jones jr

    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


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