Fighter Pilots Fly All-Female Combat Mission

Remember that conversation about the military not always hyping gender?

With an eye to Women’s History Month, an F-15E Strike Eagle unit in Afghanistan recently orchestrated an “all-female” mission.  Two F-15Es were flown by two female pilots and two female weapons systems operators.  Though not all the other personnel are named, the rest of the mission support, generation, and planning was also “carefully planned” to be done “entirely by females:”

The two-ship formation…marked the first combat mission flown from Bagram to be planned, maintained and flown entirely by females.

Dudette 07 was set up to as an all female mission in honor of Women’s History Month…

“The four women officers represents only a portion of the women who supported this mission making it the first all female from tasking to completion combat sortie to date,” said Capt. Leigh Larkin, 389th EFS weapons systems officer.

The formation took on the “Dudette” callsign, a play on the squadron’s normal “Dude” flight callsign.

Of course, this follows the news a few years ago of the first all-female Marine One mission and the first all-female C-130 combat mission.

Update: Also at FoxNews.