First Female Fighter Pilot Advised Brie Larson for 'Captain Marvel'

Fictional pilot Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) and real-life inspiration Brig. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt

A St. Louis native and decorated Air Force pilot worked with the star of the superhero movie "Captain Marvel" to nail her fighter pilot authenticity.

Brig. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, the first female fighter pilot in the Air Force, advised actress Brie Larson as the movie was being shot.

"Captain Marvel" was released nationally on Friday, International Women's Day. The movie tells the story of Air Force pilot Carol Danvers, who gains superhuman powers after an explosion.

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In order to play the role authentically, Larson consulted with Leavitt and other female fighter pilots at Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas.

"She talked with a number of our female fighter pilots and wanted to get the details correct," Leavitt said in an article from the Department of Defense. "I really respected how seriously she took this role."

Leavitt became the first female fighter pilot in the Air Force in 1993. She is also the first woman to command an Air Force combat fighter wing. Leavitt has 3,000 flying hours and 300 combat hours, mostly over Afghanistan and Iraq.

"I had great timing in terms of having the opportunity to go fly fighters before women had done that," Leavitt said in an interview on the Marvel red carpet. "It's great to see that all of these opportunities are available to women now."

Leavitt is commander of the Air Force Recruiting Service in San Antonio. She has been awarded the Bronze Star and Legion of Merit medals.

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