The US Navy is honoring a barrier-bursting aviation pioneer with the 1st ever all-female flyover
Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raymond Maddocks/US Navy
The US Navy will conduct the first ever all-female flyover to honor the legacy of Capt. Rosemary Mariner, a pioneer of Naval aviation.
- Rosemary Mariner was 20 years old when she was selected, along with seven other women, to fly military aircraft.
- It was the first of many glass ceilings the Navy captain would shatter throughout her 24-year naval career.
- Following her death on January 24, the Navy will honor her with another first - an all-female flyover during her funeral.
Rosemary Mariner was one of the first eight women selected for military pilot training in 1973
When she completed training and received her pilot's wings, she was the first woman to ever fly a tactical fixed-wing aircraft.
Although she was an aviator, she was also one of the first women to serve on a Navy warship, the USS Lexington, and earn the Surface Warfare Officer qualification.
She later became the first woman to command a naval aviation squadron.
Over her illustrious career, Mariner logged over 3,500 hours in 15 different aircraft.