Meet the First Woman to Fly an F-35 Fighter Jet

Lieutenant Colonel Christine Mau made history when she become the first female F-35 fighter jet pilot.

According to the U.S. Air Force, Mau piloted the F-35 Lightning II from Florida’s Elgin Air Force Base. The F-35 is described as one of the most technologically complex planes ever built. 

Mau completed 14 virtual training missions in preparation for the flight. However this is not her first flight with the U.S. Air Force. She was part of the first all-female combat sortie in Afghanistan in 2011, reports NBC News.

"It wasn't until I was taxiing to the runway that it really struck me that I was on my own in the jet," Mau said in a statement released by the Air Force. "Flying is a great equalizer, the plane doesn't know or care about your gender as a pilot, nor do the ground troops who need your support. You just have to perform."

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