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2 Whidbey Island pilots to join first all-women Super Bowl flyover

The flyover commemorates 50 years of women flying in the US Navy. #k5evening

WHIDBEY ISLAND STATION, Wash. — Pilots Peggy Dente and Lyndsay Evans have flown countless training operations while based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. But their latest assignment will be witnessed by millions around the world.

"It's an honor to be selected to be a part of this historic event," Dente said.

Lieutenants Dente and Evans will be a part of a pre-game Super Bowl flyover commemorating 50 years of women flying in the US Navy.

"Back in 1973, the first women started flight training to become naval aviators. So now 50 years later, we are celebrating that legacy. And it's quite an honor to be a part of it and continue the legacy and road they've paved for us," Dente said. "On Friday, we're doing a full dress rehearsal with the stadium and everyone to be sure that we nail the timing and nail the formation because overall our mission here is to have an on-time flyover at the end of the national anthem."

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Peggy and Lyndsey will be flying an EA-18G "Growler" over the Super Bowl right at the end of the national anthem.

Though their flyover marks a historic military milestone, the two are treating the mission with excitement and a proud sense of duty.

"It's just super exciting to get the honor to be chosen," Evans said. 

“It's my first flyover as well, and what cooler stage to be a part of than the Super Bowl," Dente replied. "It's an all-women Super Bowl flyover this year, so kind of getting to be a part of that face for the nation showing the country that there are women doing this job and you know, young people, that they can do this job too"

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