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Meet Israel’s only female F-35 combat pilot

The 26-year-old, identified as Captain S., was appointed as deputy commander of the Israel Air Force's 116th "Southern Lions" F-35 squadron

CTech 21:3922.10.20
The IDF revealed on Thursday that its first-ever female F-35 pilot has been appointed as deputy commander of the Israel Air Force's 116th "Southern Lions" F-35 squadron.

 

Israel's only female F-35 pilot Capt. S. Photo: IDF Spokesperson Israel's only female F-35 pilot Capt. S. Photo: IDF Spokesperson

 

The 26-year-old is identified as Captain S., with her name and face being classified. She graduated from the pilot's course in 2016, and flew F-16s prior to joining the 116th squadron to fly the advanced stealth fighter jet.

 

While Capt. S isn't the first woman to fly an F-35, with the U.S. having several female pilots, the Israeli is believed to be only the second woman to fly the advanced fifth-generation stealth fighter jet in combat