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USA Blue Angels name first female pilot in team history

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, conducts a flyover as part of a tour of U.S. cities to honor first responders and essential workers during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID -19) over Houston, Texas, May 6, 2020. US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cody Hendrix/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

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July 18 (Reuters) – The US Navy’s famed Blue Angels air display team on Monday named the first female pilot in the squadron’s history, the organization said.

Lt. Amanda Lee is one of six new core members selected for the team, which was founded 76 years ago, the Navy said. He said Navy and Marine Corps women have served with the Blue Angels for 55 years, but never before as pilots.

The Blue Angels were formed in 1946 to generate public support and boost Navy morale by performing air moves at air shows, sporting events, and other flying displays.

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Lee, from Mounds View, Minnesota, is currently assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 106 Demonstration Team, known as the Gladiators, stationed at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She and the other new members will report to the Blue Angels in September.

After the current winter season ends, members will undergo five months of training at a California facility before beginning the 2023 show season.

There are 17 officers currently on the Blue Angels. They typically serve two years with the team.

“The mission of the Blue Angels is to showcase teamwork and professionalism in the United States Navy and Marine Corps through flight demonstrations and community outreach while inspiring a culture of ‘excellence and service to country,’ the Navy wrote in a statement.

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Reporting by Randi Love in New York; edited by Jonathan Oatis

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