U.S. Air Force Capt. Zoe "SiS" Kotnik, F-16 Viper Demonstration Team commander and pilot, smiles after a certification flight at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Jan. 29, 2019. Kotnik performed more than 30 practice missions before the certification.  KATHRYN REAVES/U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO
U.S. Air Force Capt. Zoe "SiS" Kotnik, F-16 Viper Demonstration Team commander and pilot, smiles after a certification flight at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Jan. 29, 2019. Kotnik performed more than 30 practice missions before the certification. KATHRYN REAVES/U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO

‘Higher, further, faster’: Air Force names first female fighter pilot to command F-16 Viper team

by Chad Garland
Stars and Stripes

The Air Force has named its first female commander of a single-aircraft demonstration team, as the service looks to leverage the anticipated popularity of an upcoming superhero movie featuring a female fighter pilot to spur recruitment.

Capt. Zoe “SiS” Kotnik was named pilot and commander of the Air Combat Command’s F-16 Viper Demonstration Team last week after completing a series of certification flights. The team showcases the F-16V Viper, the latest variant of the Fighting Falcon, at dozens of airshows each year.

In announcing Kotnik’s selection on Twitter, the team posted a video and photos framed and lettered like a comic panel.

“In that instant ... She knew she could fly her F-16 higher, further and faster than anyone else,” reads text that appears in the images.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.567273

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