Four women will be part of the Navy’s Super Bowl flyover Sunday, commemorating the 50-year anniversary of women flying in the Navy.
In 1973, eight women started Naval flight school and within a year, six had earned their Wings of Gold.
Fifty years later, the Navy said its Super Bowl formation will include two F/A-18F Super Hornets from the Flying Eagle” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 122, an F-35C Lightning II from the Warhawks of VFA-97, and an EA-18G Growler from the Vikings of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129.
Lt. Katie Martinez will be flying one of the VFA-122 aircraft over the stadium Sunday.
“It’s not a feeling I can even put into words,” said Martinez. “It doesn’t get bigger than the Super Bowl, and I am humbled and honored to be able to participate with my friends and fellow Naval Aviators as part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
The planes arrived in Arizona on Wednesday.
The women will be part of the first all-female crew to fly over the Super Bowl. Their flyover will come during the national anthem on Sunday.