- First Female F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Pilot for the Blue Angels
- F/A-18E/F Demonstration Pilot
According to New York Post: “The US Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron selected Lt. Amanda Lee to be the first woman to serve as a F/A-18E/F demonstration pilot.”
Lee is a highly experienced pilot, having flown more than 2,500 hours in various aircraft. She will now be one of the faces of the Navy, representing them at air shows across the country.
“It is an incredible honor to be selected as the first female F/A-18E/F Super Hornet pilot for the Blue Angels,” Lee said in a statement. “I am humbled and thankful for this opportunity to serve my country and inspire others.”
The Blue Angels are the U.S. Navy’s flight demonstration squadron, consisting of eight F/A-18 Hornets. They perform at air shows and other events across the country, showcasing the capabilities of the Navy’s aircraft and pilots.
The appointment of Lee as a Blue Angel is significant, as she is the first woman to pilot the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. The Super Hornet is the Navy’s newest and most advanced fighter jet, and Lee’s appointment demonstrates that the Navy is committed to gender diversity in its ranks.
“The Navy is proud to have Lt. Amanda Lee as the first female F/A-18E/F Super Hornet pilot for the Blue Angels,” said Rear Adm. Roy Kelley, commander of Naval Air Forces. “We encourage all our young women and men to pursue their dreams and follow their passions.”
Lee’s appointment is another step forward for gender diversity in the military, and she is sure to inspire other young women who have dreams of becoming pilots.