Caroline “Blaze” Jensen, Lt Col, USAF (Ret)
Caroline Jensen is 1998 graduate of the USAF Academy and retired fighter pilot and veteran. She is a highly experienced command pilot, instructor pilot and evaluator. During her time in the Air Force, she accumulated over 3500 hours in Schwitzer 2-33 gliders, Cessna 172, T-37B Tweet, T-38 Talon, and the F-16 Fighting Falcon. She was the first female reserve officer to fly for the US Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron (Thunderbirds), and is the first and only woman qualified to fly in the Air Force’s new jet trainer, the T-7A Red Hawk. Blaze has worked extensively with multiple media platform communications and team leadership.
Her flight experience includes 1870 hours in F-16 (200 hours combat, 610 hours as instructor), with a concentration on Close Air Support and aggressor mission, and 1500 hours in T-38 Talon. She remembers flying in the #3 right wing position for the Thunderbirds fondly, and also her time in OPERATON IRAQI FREEDOM supporting the US troops and our allies on the ground. Her Air Force adventure also took her through an assignment as a Legislative Fellow in the Secretary of the Air Force Legislative Liaison Senate office and later for member of Senate Armed Service Committee. She is honored to be a board member at the National WWII WASP Museum at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, TX." to "She is honored to be the Vice President for Exhibits and Education on the Board of Directors at the National WWII WASP Museum at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, TX.
Blaze is a single mother to her one son, Finn, who is also in love with aviation and had the distinction of being the first kid in the US (maybe the world) to see his mother fly in a advanced jet aerobatic demonstration. She resides with Finn in River Falls, Wisconsin.
Blaze with WWII WASP Nell "Mickey" Bright
Current/qualified F-16 pilot, over 3,300 hours in the T-38 A, T-38 C and F-16 (Block 25, 40 and 50), first female reserve officer to fly for the US Air Force Air Demonstration Team (Thunderbirds).
Well-versed in multiple media planform communication and team leadership. 3400 flying hours including, 1870 hours in F-16 (200 hours combat, 610 hours as instructor), and 1500 hours in T-38.
Experienced with communication on the land or in the air. Worked multiple sporting establishments including MLB, National Finals Rodeo, and NASCAR.
Honed superior communication skills with Legislative experience in the Secretary of the Air Force Legislative Liaison Senate office and later for member of Senate Armed Service Committee.
Bachelors of Science in English from the US Air Force Academy.
Strong communication capabilities, dealing with VIPs from sports, television, US Senators and their constituents, and General Officer Leaders in the US Air Force and throughout the Department of Defense.