‘She is out there somewhere’: Why it’s hard to find a female Blue Angels pilot

While women have consistently broken barriers in military and commercial aviation in recent years, a woman has yet to fly in formation with the elite U.S. Navy Blue Angels. And it won’t happen for at least another year and half.

When the Naval Air Station Pensacola-based team announced officer selections for the 2020 season earlier this week, a female pilot wasn’t on the list. The news means that the soonest a female pilot might be selected to join the elite fighter jet demonstration team would be for the 75th anniversary season in 2021. Experts say there are good reasons a woman hasn’t been chosen for the exclusive group of Navy and Marine Corps aviators. But when it finally happens, they say, it will be history making.