All-Female Crew Takes to the Skies at the Super Bowl LVII Pregame Flyover

  • All-female Crew to Pilot Super Bowl Pre-Game Flyover for the First Time
  • U.S. Navy to provide 2 F/A-18F Super Hornets, an F-35C Lightning II, and an EA-18G Growler
Photo: Mark Henle/The Republic/USA Today

The Super Bowl is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year, and this year’s pre-game flyover is set to be historic. For the first time in history, the Super Bowl’s pre-game flyover will be piloted by an all-female crew, making it a historic moment in the world of aviation. The Super Bowl pre-game flyover this Sunday in Arizona will feature a lineup of impressive aircraft from the U.S. Navy, including two F/A-18F Super Hornets from the “Flying Eagles” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 122, an F-35C Lightning II from the “Argonauts” of VFA-147, and an EA-18G Growler from the “Vikings” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129.

The lead pilot for the all-female crew will be Navy Lt. Arielle Ash, who will be joined by Lt. Jaqui Drew, Lt. Lyndsay Evans, Lt. Catie Perkowski, Lt. Suzelle Thomas, and Lt. Katie Martinez. Martinez, a Naval Flight Officer assigned to VFA-122, expressed her excitement for the upcoming flyover and struggled to put into words the magnitude of the moment. It is important to note that flyovers are a longstanding tradition at major sporting events, and are a symbol of the power and strength of the military.

The Super Bowl is known for its grand spectacle, and this year’s pre-game flyover promises to be no exception.

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