Meet the Air Force’s First Female F-35A Demonstration Team Commander
“Really lucky to be the first to lead a one-ship demonstration team, so lucky to be chosen for the job. It’s a truly unique experience, ”said Wolfe.
Part of the job involves traveling to air shows around the world to showcase the capabilities of the multi-million dollar jet plane and the incredible skills of its team.
“It’s the last and the best we’ve got out there. It’s humbling to be a part of something like that,” Wolfe said.
Inspired by her father, who was also a military and pilot, Wolfe says it was a gift growing up in a house where you were made to believe you could be anything you wanted in a country where it was possible.
“I don’t remember seeing a lot of women my dad worked with because honestly about 3-4% of fighter pilots are women in the air force, but you get used to it somehow. so, ”Wolfe said. “It kind of becomes a non-event.”
One of her favorite things to see is seeing the children’s reaction when she takes off her helmet.
“You know, you never know who’s under that costume or under that helmet,” Wolfe said. “I always tell kids that you absolutely can do it. All it takes is for you to know a lot of study and a lot of preparation, a little luck and a little timing.”