Following hot on the heels of the US Air Force Thunderbirds with Capt. Nicole Malachowski, the Royal Air Force Red Arrows aerobatic display team has announced its first female pilot. OK, so maybe it's more well, lukewarmly, given that it will be 4 years later from debut to debut. Nevertheless, great news.
As Flight International notes, Flight
Lieutenant Kirsty Moore from Lincolnshire previously served as a Flying
Instructor, teaching students to fly the advanced fast jet trainer at
RAF Valley, before flying the Tornado GR4 on operations in Iraq. (The US Navy Blue Angels are getting close, too, but haven't yet had a female active display pilot.)
There are no reports whatsoever that the other pilots are requesting that they get to fly in an alternate team without women, or that they want her to fly in, say, Yorkshire while they perform in Lancashire, or vice versa .
Hmm, when the armed forces are becoming demonstrably less chauvinistic than the church you just have to wonder...