Lt. j.g. Madeline G. Swegle, Lt. Cdr. Barbara Allen Rainey and Marine flight student, 1st. Lt. Laura Stromback CREDIT Department of Defense
Lt (junior grade) Madeline Swegle, the US Navy's first black female tactical jet aviator, Lt Cdr Barbara Allen Rainey, the first female US Navy aviator and 1st Lt Laura Stromback receiving her Wings of Gold in 2019 (Picture: Department of Defense).
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Super Bowl flyover to celebrate 50 years of women flying in the US Navy

Lt. j.g. Madeline G. Swegle, Lt. Cdr. Barbara Allen Rainey and Marine flight student, 1st. Lt. Laura Stromback CREDIT Department of Defense
Lt (junior grade) Madeline Swegle, the US Navy's first black female tactical jet aviator, Lt Cdr Barbara Allen Rainey, the first female US Navy aviator and 1st Lt Laura Stromback receiving her Wings of Gold in 2019 (Picture: Department of Defense).

Fifty years of women flying in the US Navy will be celebrated during this year's Super Bowl between the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs. 

While superstar Rihanna will perform during the famous half-time show, the end of the National Anthem – due to be sung by musician Chris Stapleton – will feature the spectacular sight of three tactical aircraft squadrons that will feature female aviators conducting an integrated flyover. 

Lieutenant Katie Martinez, a Naval Flight Officer assigned to VFA-122, is looking forward to representing naval aviation at one of the world's most-watched events, saying: "It's not a feeling I can even put into words. 

"It doesn't get bigger than the Super Bowl, and I am humbled and honoured to be able to participate with my friends and fellow naval aviators as part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity." 

Half a century ago, in 1973, eight women began flight school in Pensacola, Florida, with the hope of becoming naval pilots. 

A year later, six of those eight women, titled 'The First Six', had successfully earned their 'Wings of Gold', officially becoming naval aviators. 

Since then, women have served, operated and led at every level of Naval Aviation.

They command aircraft carriers, carrier air wings, squadrons and missions to space.

US military aircraft have flown over the Super Bowl since 1968 with both modern and historic aircraft taking part.

The formation will be made up of an F-35C Lightning II from the "Argonauts" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, two F/A-18F Super Hornets from the "Flying Eagles" of VFA-122 and an EA-18G Growler from the "Vikings" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129.

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