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‘The Jet Doesn’t Care:’ 1st Female F-35 Demo Pilot Says She’s Focused on Excellence

Capt. Kristin “Beo” Wolfe, the new face of the U.S. Air Force‘s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter demonstration team, is “used to” being outnumbered as a female pilot.

Wolfe, of the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, has served in the Air Force for nearly a decade. But now, as the first woman ever to hold her job, she knows there’s an additional expectation to perform with superiority and excellence.

“A lot of people have [misconceptions] still about either females flying or females being fighter pilots, all the way from little kids … to adults,” she said in a recent interview with Military.com. “So that’s probably the most important part, is that they get to see it … for them to see that anything’s possible.”

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Air Force Completes A-10 Re-Winging to Keep Iconic Aircraft Flying for Years to Come

The U.S. Air Force has completed a re-winging effort for 173 A-10 Warthog attack aircraft that began nearly a decade ago.

As part of the $1.1 billion “Enhanced Wing Assembly” contract awarded to Boeing Co. in 2007, the Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, recently completed work on the last A-10 slated to receive the upgrade, the service said in a news release Monday. The effort began in 2011.

The new wings will give the A-10s a longer life span. They are expected “to last for up to 10,000 equivalent flight hours without a depot inspection,” which should take them well into the 2030s, according to the release.

“From a warfighter point of view, bringing this program to a successful conclusion was a significant accomplishment for the entire enterprise team,” said Stephen Zaiser, 571st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron director at Ogden. Ogden maintainers swapped out wings on 162 aircraft; the rest were completed at Osan Air Base, South Korea, the release states.

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