Detailed Biography

Caroline “Blaze” Jensen, a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Air Force (USAF), epitomizes the pinnacle of dedication, skill, and pioneering spirit in both military aviation and leadership. A graduate of the USAF Academy in 1998, Blaze’s career is marked by groundbreaking achievements and exemplary service. She has amassed over 3,500 flying hours across various aircraft, including the Schwitzer 2-33 gliders, Cessna 172, T-37B Tweet, T-38 Talon, Boeing/Saab T-7A Red Hawk, and notably, the F-16 Fighting Falcon.

Blaze’s career is highlighted by her role as the first female reserve officer to fly with the prestigious USAF Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, showcasing her exceptional flying skills and breaking barriers for women in aviation. Additionally, she made history as the first woman to qualify to fly the Boeing T-7A Red Hawk, the Air Force’s forthcoming advanced jet trainer, further cementing her status as a trailblazer in military aviation.

Her operational experience is extensive, with 1870 hours in the F-16, including 200 combat hours, and over 1500 hours of advanced jet instructing. Her tenure with the Thunderbirds as the #3 Right Wing pilot and her participation in OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, supporting US and allied ground troops, are among the many highlights of her distinguished career.

Career Highlights


Awards and Recognition

Personal Achievements