Meet the flyers who will honor female naval aviation pioneer
Posted: 1:50 PM, Jan 31, 2019
KRIS 6 News
NORFOLK, Va. (NAVY
) – Meet the women aviators who will perform the first ever all-female flyover to honor the life and legacy of a female pioneer in Naval aviation, retired Navy Captain Rosemary Mariner, who was the Navy’s first female jet pilot, flying the A-4E/L “Skyhawk” and the A-7E “Corsair II.”
The eight women will conduct a “Missing Man Flyover,” this Saturday, Feb. 2 in Maynardville, Tennessee as part of the funeral service for retired Navy Captain, Rosemary Mariner, who passed away on Jan. 24 following a long and brave fight with cancer.
The Missing Man Flyover is a special tribute honoring the service of aviators who have died serving their country. The maneuver features four aircraft flying above the funeral service in formation as one of the aircraft leaves the formation and climbs vertically into the heavens.
All of the aviators participating in the flyover are from squadrons based at Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana, Virginia and will be flying F/A-18E/F Super Hornets.
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