U.S. Marine Capt. Anneliese Satz made history when she completed basic flight training for the F-35B.

Satz is the first female Marine to pilot the F-35B aircraft, according to the Marine Corps. She trained all over the country for the last four years before accomplishing her goal and finishing the course on June 27, 2019.

“At each of my training schools I did my best,” Satz said in a statement. “I truly believe that showing up prepared and working diligently are two major keys to success.”

Satz was assigned to the supersonic short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) stealth aircraft and sent to Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 in Beaufort, South Carolina.

She flew the F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter by herself for the first time in October—and the rest is history.

“The syllabus thoroughly prepares you for that first time you take off and for every flight after that, it’s an exhilarating experience,” Satz said.

Satz flew a helicopter with her commercial pilot’s license before the Marines, the experience she credits as helping with her military success. She now has more than 300 flight hours and is assigned to her first operational unit, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, in Iwakuni, Japan.

“I’m very grateful for the instructors, the maintainers, and countless others at 501 who lent me their expertise and time while I was going through the syllabus,” she said.

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