Heather  Penney

Heather Penney


Recognized for her service on Sept. 11, Heather “Lucky” Penney was among the first wave of women who went directly into fighters from pilot training. She applied to fly F-16s as soon as Congress opened combat aviation to women.
The first and only woman in the 121st Fighter Squadron, Heather deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom as a night-time SCUD Hunter in the deserts of Iraq, supporting Special Operations Forces. She flew the F-16 for 10 years before making the decision to leave fighter aviation. She continued flying the G-100 Astra jet for the VIP Special Airlift Mission.
Heather works for Lockheed Martin as the Dir. of Air Force Aviation Training Systems. Her portfolio includes the F-22, the F-16 and F-35 training; she is now focused on the Air Force’s Advanced Pilot Training competition.
Heather was named Ntl. Chair for the Commemorative Air Force’s RISE ABOVE: WASP program, telling the story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots to children across the U.S.