NAVY PILOTS MAKE HERSTORY ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAY
March 2nd, 2023 – On Super Bowl Sunday, February 12th, 2023, seven female Navy pilots made history with the first-ever Super Bowl flyover piloted by an all-woman crew! In addition to the cockpit crews flying the four-aircraft, diamond-shaped fly-over, the team also included flight officers and ground crew, the majority of whom were also women.
The historic event took place in celebration of 50 years of U.S. Navy women aviators, and paid special tribute to all the Navy women aviators who came before them. One of those women honored and remembered was Naval aviator, CAPT Rosemary Mariner, one of the first six women to earn her Naval aviator wings and one of the first to fly a tactical strike aircraft. When CAPT Mariner died in 2019, the Navy performed the first all-woman flyover for her funeral. In an ABC interview aired the day of the Super Bowl, Navy LT Cattie Perkowski, a Super Bowl flyover pilot, spoke about Mariner’s service, “The wisdom that she had to share was really amazing. To have the ability to represent people like her that came before us and made everything that we do possible is truly an honor.”
MWM extends a HUGE ‘well done’ to the Navy’s trailblazing women aviators and ‘congratulations’ to those who embraced the legacy and took center stage at Super Bowl LVII. By ensuring these stories of honor, duty, and sacrifice are captured and preserved, future generations of girls and women can imagine exciting possibilities and dare to reach out for their dreams–envisioning clear pathways and leadership roles.