Local Naval Pilot Participates In First Ever All-Female Tribute Flyover

Cmdr. Leslie Mintz honored the passing of the Navy's first female jet pilot

Andrew Limberg
February 06, 2019 - 4:18 pm

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raymond Maddocks/Released)

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NORFOLK, Va. - A Pittsburgh native took part in Honoring the life and legacy of a female pioneer in Naval aviation last weekend in Maynardville, TN.

Cmdr. Leslie Mintz, a Pittsburgh Native participated in the first ever all-female flyover on February 2 to honor the passing of a female naval aviation pioneer.

The “Missing Man Flyover” is a special flyover “honoring the service of aviators who have died serving their country.”

Mintz was honoring retired Navy Captain Rosemary Mariner who passed away in late January after a long battle with cancer.

Mariner was the Navy’s first female jet pilot.

In a statement Mintz said, “I chose naval aviation because I wanted to serve amongst the finest women and men in the fleet.”

“The opportunity to fly jet airplanes was a life-long dream and I knew early on that I wanted to fly in the most demanding and challenging environments. I’ve had the opportunity to fly and serve with the most incredible Naval Aviators, and I am proud to stand on the shoulders of the giants that have come before me.”

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