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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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