Female pilot decorated by Nigerian Air Force first time after 55years


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Kafayat Sanni and Tolulope Arotile have both been made first female fighter pilot and first female helicopter pilot respectively by the Nigerian Air Force.

The female pilots who just completed training courses in the US and in South Africa, were the first female flying officers to be decorated in 55years according to the Cable.


The first female helicopter pilot in the history of Nigerian Air Force

According to the report, Sadique Abubakar, chief of air staff, who spoke on tuesday said the development marked “another milestone” history of the force.

“I am particularly happy because out of the 13 pilots to be winged are two female regular combatant officers,” he said.

“They are not only female officers but outstanding aviators. While one of the two pilots is the first female fighter pilot in the 55 years history of the NAF, the second one is the first female combat helicopter pilot.

The first female fighter pilot

“The first female fighter pilot trained at the United States Air Force following an excellent performance during her initial flying training course at 401 Flying Training School in Kaduna.

“While the second graduated from Starlite International Training Academy. They both performed excellently well during their training.”

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“Currently, we have 61 pilots undergoing basic flying training, while 50 are undergoing various forms of advanced flying training courses both locally and abroad,” he said.

“As such we are highly delighted to see the rewards of our collective efforts.

“I am confident that the NAF and indeed Nigeria will soon be reaping the benefits that these pilots would undoubtedly add to our operations.”

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