Navy to honor first female fighter pilot with first female-piloted flyover at funeral
NORFOLK, Va. - The Navy plans to conduct its first ever all-female flyover to honor the life of a female pioneer in Naval aviation. The tribute will be part of the funeral service for retired Navy Captain Rosemary Mariner, who passed away on January 24th following a long fight with cancer. After completing flight training in 1974, Mariner became the Navy’s first female jet pilot, flying the A-4E/L Skyhawk and the A-7E Corsair II. She also was the first female military aviator to command an operational air squadron, according to a statement from the Navy.