GLENDALE, AZ — When you see Navy jets do a flyover before Sunday's Super Bowl, it will be the first of its kind to feature an all-female flight team. And one of the women doing the flying is from Fairfax County.
Naomi Ngalle, from Springfield, Va., is one of the pilots doing the Super Bowl flyover this weekend.
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Ngalle spoke with 7News' Kellye Lynn Saturday about what it means to be making history during America's largest sporting spectacle.
The flyover also commemorates 50 years of women flying in the U.S. Navy. In 1973, the first eight women began flight school in Pensacola, Fla., and one year later six of those eight women, titled "The First Six,” earned their Wings of Gold. Since then, women have served, operated and led at every level of Naval Aviation.
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The flyover formation will include two F/A-18F Super Hornets from the “Flying Eagles” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 122, an F-35C Lightning II from the "Warhawks" of VFA-97, and an EA-18G Growler from the “Vikings” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129. These aircraft represent the strike and electronic attack capability of the “Carrier Air Wing of the Future,” providing advanced technology and enhanced flexibility to our military combatant commanders. VFA-122 and VFA-97 are based at Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore, Calif.; VAQ-129 is based at NAS Whidbey Island, Wash. The squadrons will stage and depart from nearby Luke Air Force Base.
You can learn more about the women making history by clicking here.