Rule 5 Blogging: Looking down from above

It’s the weekend and time, once again, for THE FIRST STREET JOURNAL’S version of Rule 5 Blogging. Robert Stacy McCain described Rule 5 as putting pictures of pretty women somewhat déshabillé, but, on this site, our Rule 5 Blogging doesn’t put up pictures of Kate Upton in her summer clothes, but women, in full military gear, serving their countries in the armed forces. The terribly sexist authors on this site celebrate strong women, women who can take care of themselves and take care of others, women who have been willing to put their lives on the line in some not-so-friendly places, women who truly do have the “We can do it!” attitude. This week: pilots!

BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq — Capt. Kerri Fulgham, a 4th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron alert pilot, climbs the ladder to inspect the cockpit of an F-16 Fighting Falcon during a pre-flight inspection. Captain Fulgham is deployed from Hill Air Force Base, Utah. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Terri Barriere)

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A US Air Force (USAF) female F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft pilot, assigned to the 157th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (EFS), South Carolina Air National Guard (ANG), with the call sign of “Vixen,” gives the thumbs up signal from the cockpit of her aircraft, as she prepares for a mission in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy — Maj. Shawna R. Kimbrell, 555th Fighter Squadron, poses for an environmental photo for Women’s History Month article March 17, 2008. Maj. Kimbrell is the first African American female fighter pilot in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley Wood)

Capt. Jennifer Wade, a F-16 pilot assigned to the 4th Fighter Squadron, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, dons her flight helmet before taking off for a training mission during Red Flag 08-3 on July 22, 2008 Nellis AFB, Nev. Red Flag is a multi-national exercise providing a realistic environment to practice combat scenarios. The experience gained during the exercise is vital to the survival of pilots in combat.
(U.S. Air Force Photo by/Senior Airman Larry E. Reid Jr., Released)

Capt. Kristin Hubbard checks the landing gear on her F-16 Fighting Falcon during a base-wide exercise July 21 at Osan Air Base, South Korea. Captain Hubbard is a 36th Fighter Squadron pilot. The operational readiness exercise tests Osan AB Airmen’s ability to execute combat operations, receive follow-on forces and defend the base from attack. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christopher Boitz)

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