Boise State grad becomes first female F-35B pilot

Posted at 5:49 PM, Dec 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-30 20:03:51-05

BOISE, ID — 29-year-old U.S. Marine Capt. Anneliese Satz graduated from Boise State University. Satz trained in Florida, Texas, and Mississippi.

She then trained in Beaufort, South Carolina, and became the first woman to fly the F-35B.

"It was an awesome experience. I remember that day well. It's great. You know you train. We do about a little more than a month worth of work in the simulator practicing for that flight because the first time you go up, it's by yourself," said Satz.

Satz says there is nothing else like flying.

"So the minute you get in the jet, you start it up, roll out to the runway, take off. It's just like it is, for the most part, in the simulator except its real life. So, it's phenomenal training. They prepare you completely, and you execute."

On Monday, she was honored by U.S. Senator Mike Crapo with a congressional record statement. Crapo says she's an inspiration to not only other women but all Idahoans and Americans.

"I am so proud of all of the folks in Idaho, the men and women in Idaho who put their lives on the line every day to protect our freedom and so that was my first thought, and I said in the statement I put in the congressional record, the biggest thanks to Anneliese is what she's doing to defend our nation," said Crapo.