Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Navy Week: Female Pilots Talk About Flying, Ship Living

Aboard the USS John C. Stennis—

The days of the military being men only are done, women are a pretty dominant force including on the USS John C. Stennis.

One of the vital assets is Rosanna Bolin, who has probably one of the more unique jobs on the ship; she’s a jet pilot.

“Not that many of us choose to go jets,” she said about other female pilots, “It’s not that we can’t make the grades or anything, just many people don’t choose this route. So there are very few of us.”

Bolin added there’s no difference between male and female pilots. “I was really comfortable coming in,” she said, “All three years I’ve always been treated just like the guys are. No exceptions for being female.”

The only challenges of being a pilot come from the job, not the gender. “Working long hours,” she named as the toughest part of the job, “But the minute you get in the jet and you take off and you go flying it’s just a really good day and you realize why you love doing this so much.”

Bolin plans to take her training as far as possible, “I want to work in the space program. I don’t know if it’ll happen but that’s what I’m aiming for.”

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