Lt. j.g. Judith “Judy” (Neuffer) Bruner became the first woman to fly solo in an aircraft and the first to become a P-3 Poseidon pilot in the Navy. One of the first women to qualify as a naval aviator in 1973, Neuffer logged several thousands of hours piloting the P-3. She was the first woman P-3 aircraft commander and the first woman to pilot an aircraft through the eye of a hurricane. She transferred to the Navy Reserve and continued her service as commanding officer of three units, and as the Navy’s Science and Technology Reserve Program director. She retired from the Navy in 1998 after 28 years of service. Bruner began her career at NASA in 1981, where she serves as the Director of the Goddard Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate (2021).
18 March 2023 at 22:17
Excellent! Thanks for this brief biographical sketch, Mario.
20 March 2023 at 04:39
That photo is not Judith Neuffer Bruner and the aircraft model in the photo is not a P-3. Also Judith Neuffer Bruner flew the P-3 “Orion” aircraft in Navy squadrons VW-4 and VXN-8. Please make appropriate corrections.
20 March 2023 at 11:14
According to an official navy document, “Women In The Navy” 2022, this is LTJG Judith Neuffer. This post will not be changed.