U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels Selects First Woman to Serve as Demonstration Pilot

The famed Blue Angels aerial demonstration team of the United States Navy selected its first female pilot for their upcoming season.

The Navy named Lieutenant Amanda Lee as one of its two F/A-18E/F demonstration pilots, alongside Lieutenant Commander Thomas Zimmerman.

“For over 55 years, hundreds of women have served with the Blue Angels representing the very best of the Navy and Marine Corps,” the Navy said in the announcement on July 18.

The F/A-18E/F is one of the six aircraft used during most of the Blue Angels’ demonstrations.

Lee will still have to complete an intensive five-month training program with the Blue Angels at NAS Pensacola and Naval Air Facility El Centro, California.

The Navy announced six new members in total, including an events coordinator, a C-130 demonstration pilot, an aviation maintenance officer, and a flight surgeon.

“We had an overwhelming number of applicants from all over the globe this year. We look forward to training our fantastic new team members, passing on the torch, and watching the incredible things this team will accomplish in 2023,” Captain Brian Kesselring, Blue Angels commanding officer and flight leader, said.

The new members will report to the squadron in September for a two-month turnover period.

Lee is currently assigned to the “Gladiators” of Strike Fighter Squadron 106.


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