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Friday, February 06, 2015

First female F-14 pilot translates her story to business world

Carey Lohrenz, the first female F-14 Tomcat pilot for the U.S. NavyBecoming an F-14 Tomcat fighter pilot for the U.S. Navy is no small feat. Logging 1,000 flight hours,132 successful day landings and 45 night landings on aircraft carriers are impressive accomplishments. But doing it knowing that a small group is actively working to ensure you don’t succeed — that seems impossible.

Not so for Carey Lohrenz, the Navy’s first female Tomcat pilot, who completed aviation officer candidate school and graduated first in her class from fighter pilot training while a ban on women in combat roles was still in place.

In fact, the ban wasn’t lifted until the very day she was scheduled to select the aircraft she would fly, but Lohrenz refused to relinquish her dream.

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