“In modern warfare, the emphasis is not on physical strength, but on brain power operating sophisticated weapons systems.” Rosemary Bryant Mariner
Captain Rosemary Bryant Mariner the U.S. Navy’s first female jet pilot and the first woman in the military to command an operational air squadron is born.
Chosen in 1973 as one of the first eight women to enter military pilot training, Mariner went on to become the first woman to fly the A-4C and the A-7E Corsair II. She later served on the Staff of the Joint Chiefs in the Pentagon. After her retirement from the military in 1997, she taught military history at the University of Tennessee and was an advisor to the Department of the Navy as well as PBS and ABC News.
“Gender bias has not place in the British army” by Rosemary Bryant Mariner | New Scientist: https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22329874-700-gender-bias-has-no-place-in-the-british-army/#.VCGZfa7Ua-5
Captain Rosemary Mariner – Military Officer – Associated Links:
- Rosemary Bryant Mariner | Bio | Revolvy: https://www.revolvy.com/page/Rosemary-Bryant-Mariner
- Rosemary Bryant Mariner | Valley Press: https://www.avpress.com/news/rosemary-mariner-pathbreaking-navy-pilot-dead-at/article_c76b25bc-2693-11e9-be34-ffc0dbc2c724.html
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Mariner graduated from Purdue University with a degree in aeronautics when she was 19 years old. After joining the Navy, she earned her wings in 1974 and began flying the A-4E/L Skyhawk and the A-7E Corsair II. In 1982, she became one of the first women to serve aboard a U.S. Navy warship, qualifying as a Surface Warfare Officer. Mariner assumed command of the Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VAQ-34) in 1990 and commanded the squadron during Operation Desert Storm. Over the course of her career, she logged 17 carrier arrested landings and more than 3,500 flight hours in fifteen different aircraft.
The Navy will be conducting its first all-female flyover as part of Mariner’s funeral, which will be held on Saturday. According to the Navy, the aviators participating in the flyover are from squadrons based at Naval Air Station Oceana and will be flying F/A-18E/F Super Hornets. (AVweb)
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