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Boise State alumna becomes first female F-35B pilot

Captain Anneliese Satz is the Marine Corp's first-ever female to complete the F-35B Basic Course.
Credit: Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort
Capt. Anneliese Satz puts on her flight helmet prior to a training flight aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, March 11. Satz graduated the F-35B Lighting II Pilot Training Program June and will be assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 in Iwakuni, Japan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Ashley Phillips)

BOISE, Idaho — A Boise woman and Boise State University graduate has made history.

After four years of training, 29-year-old Captain Anneliese Satz is the U.S. Marine Corps' first-ever female marine to complete the F-35B Basic Course.

What does that mean? She now flies the F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, the world's first supersonic short take off and vertical landing stealth aircraft.

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It can take off and land vertically from assault ship flight decks with little runway space. Those ships typically operate near front-line combat zones.

Satz graduated from Boise State in 2011 and 2013 with degrees in English and Political Science.

She is now assigned to the "Green Knights" Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 in Japan.