first published on March 10, 2016 by Josh
F/A-18 Super Hornet Pilots everywhere know the voice of “Bitchin’ Betty.” She’s been annoying them, and keeping them alive for a long time.
Leslie “Bitchin’ Betty” Shook has been the voice of the F/A-18 Super Hornet for 20 years. Her stern, sharp, and authoritative voice has brought many pilots back from the brink of destruction. Her commands over the cockpit warning system have been heard by every single pilot, and flight technician to ever work with this aircraft.
“You hear this voice every day telling you things are okay or that you need to take action,” said Dana Perkins, Boeing Flight Operations, Weapons Systems Operator. “You start trusting this person’s voice. If she said ‘stand up straight,’ everyone would stand up straight!”
Navy pilots and Boeing employees gathered in St. Louis, Mo to meet Shook on her last day. “As soon as she started talking, we all grinned and said ‘oh yeah, that’s her!'” said Lt. Cmdr. Doug Crane, a DCMA Weapons Systems Officer on EA-18G and F/A-18F aircraft.
Fair winds and following seas Leslie, thank you for keeping our pilots in the air.