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Toni Roth

LTJG Antonia "Gadget" Roth, Ph.D.

Navy brat, born 1967. Toni's Dad was a mechanic on the USS Ticonderoga CV-14 when it recovered the last two Apollo capsules (27 Apr and 19 Dec 1972), leading to her interest in becoming an astronaut.
The family settled in San Diego after Dad retired, where Toni went to college (probably UCSD, maybe a CC for the first two year) and also earned her private pilot certificate.
Like many young women of the era, she decided to get as much education and training as possible so that if more opportunities became available to women, she'd be ready.

Her callsign, Gadget, is partly from her always seeming to have a needed tool or other item in her pockets, along with someone recalling the inventor from Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers (though Toni's not scatterbrained or prone to speed-technobabble).

Toni's Navy career so far:

  • While working on her Masters in Aerospace Engineering, she signed up for the Aviation Reserve Officer Candidate program, doing half of AOCS the summer before completing her degree and the other half after graduation (M.S. in 1991, if I've worked it out right).
  • Primary Flight Training (approx. 27 weeks) (either TRAWING4 at Corpus Christi, TX or TRAWING5 at Whiting Field, FL) (which base TBD if it matters)
  • Advanced Strike Pipeline (approx. 23 weeks), for tactical jet pilots, at either the Naval Air Station in Kingsville, TX or Meridian, MS (again, which base TBD if it matters)
  • Naval Test Pilot School, NAS Patuxent River, MD (48 weeks)
  • Naval Postgrad School, earning a Ph.D. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • 1994-97: Fleet Assignment, USS Independence (CV 62), forward deployed in Yokosuka, Japan (squadron TBD if it matters; the Indy's squadrons are listed below)

The orders she got for her shore rotation -- Cheyenne Mountain -- were not exactly what she was expecting...

If I got this right, the squadrons in CSG5 were:
- VFA-27 Royal Maces, F/A-18A Hornets after '91
- VFA-115 Eagles, F/A-18C Hornets after '96
- VFA-192 Golden Dragons, F/A-18C Hornets after '91
- VFA-195 Dambusters, F/A-18A Hornets in '85

For more info becoming a Naval Aviator, see

References on early female Naval combat pilots, etc.: