Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fear of Feminists Cripples Military

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fear of Feminists Cripples Military

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In October 1994, Lt. Kara Hultgreen was killed during an attempted landing of her F-14 on the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln. Femfeared (fear of feminists) Navy officials first reported that engine failure caused the death of the Navy's first female F-14 pilot.

That was a deliberate lie and cover-up, as later revealed in a leaked investigation report and the Navy's judge advocate general's report.

After three requests under the Freedom of Information Act, the Center for Military Readiness recently obtained a 1995 paper written by Adm. Lyle G. Bien. It confirms special treatment for female F-14 pilots. It also notes that Hultgreen was retained in the F-14 training program and graduated to the fleet despite low scores and four major errors (downs), two of which were similar to those made the day she died. Just one or two major downs have been enough to send men packing. Then there's Lt. Carey Lohrenz, who was washed out of the F-14 program and has brought suit against Elaine Donnelly, director of the Center for Military Readiness and several newspapers. Lohrenz claims public release of her training records violated her privacy. Claiming sex discrimination, she's demanding reinstatement. Her training records are reported as being "the lowest night grades in the history of the FRS (Pacific F-14 Fleet Replacement Squadron). . . . No pilot in the history of the FRS was allowed to attempt requalification with grades as low as hers." Aircraft carrier maneuvers are error-unforgiving. Pilot incompetence jeopardizes not only the pilot, but also the crew members and the ship's mission. Case in point: During refueling, Lohrenz failed to secure the F-14's right engine so as not to suck approaching crew members into a turning engine. Since there is so much noise on deck, deck hands can't tell whether an engine is off - it's the pilot's responsibility. …

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