On Thursday, February 9, 2023, Luke Air Force Base hosted a Community Relations Day to showcase the US Navy aircraft from three US Navy tactical aircraft squadrons that will conduct an integrated flyover at the conclusion of the National Anthem during Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ, Feb. 12. I was able to receive an invite from the US Navy to participate in this event due to my previous involvement with the US Navy and my carrier embarks. It was great to see so many people from the community, local elementary schools, Air Force, Navy, and the NFL all come together to learn more about the US Navy and to commemorate 50 years of women flying in the US Navy.
The Navy posted the following about the upcoming flyover and the commemoration of 50 years of women flying in the US Navy:
To commemorate 50 years of women flying in the US Navy, the service will conduct a flyover of State Farm Stadium during the national anthem with female aviators as part of the formation. The formation will be composed of an F-35C Lightning II from the “Warhawks” of Strike Fighter Squadron 97 (VFA-97), two F/A-18F Super Hornets from the “Flying Eagles” of Strike Fighter Squadron 122 (VFA-122), and an EA-18G Growler from the “Vikings” of Electronic Attack Squadron 129 (VAQ-129).
In 1973, the first eight women began flight school in Pensacola, and one year later six of those eight women, titled "The First Six", earned their Wings of Gold. In the fifty years since, Naval Aviation has expanded its roles for women to lead and serve globally. Today, our women aviators project power from the sea and in every type, model, and series aircraft. They fly and fight in all strike missions, hunt submarines, protect the integrity of our nuclear triad, supply essential cargo and personnel to every corner of the globe, and rescue those in distress at sea and ashore. They command aircraft carriers, carrier air wings, squadrons, and missions to space. In 2023, we reflect on our Naval Aviation history and pay tribute to all of our women Naval Aviators- “The First Six”, and all those who have come after them. Our Nation and our Navy is stronger because of their service.
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