Lt. Col. Christine Mau, first woman qualified to fly the F-35 Lightning II
A 1997 graduate of the U. Air Force Academy, Lt. Col. Mau seems to think the fact that she’s a woman is no big deal: “Women have been flying fighters in combat for over 20 years” she said in an interview with Air Force media.
“Flying is a great equalizer,” Mau told Air Force media in 2015. “The plane doesn’t know or care about your gender as a pilot, nor do the ground troops who need your support,” Lt. Col. Mau said. “You just have to perform. That’s all anyone cares about when you’re up there — that you can do your job, and that you do it exceptionally well.
Read more and see some video at The Aviationist.