First female pilots new F-35 fighter jet

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EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, FL- An Air Force Lieutenant Colonel became the first woman to fly the U.S. military's newest fighter jet.

Christine Mau flew combat missions in the F-15 Strike Eagle in Afghanistan, but she says flying the F-35 this week was a special moment. The single-seat, single-engine jet can reach speeds up to 1200 miles per hour and go as high as 50,000 feet.

Mau serves on the unit in charge of training pilots, maintenance and support crews for the F-35.

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