November 01, 2014

First Female Afghan Air Force pilot graduated in 30 years

By Sayed Jawad - Thu May 16 2013, 8:52 am

Nilofar RahmaniThe first female pilot of Afghanistan to be trained inside the country earned her flying wing on Tuesday after graduating from Undergraduate Pilot Training.

2nd Lieutenant Niloofar Rahmani, is the first female pilot to be trained in Afghan Air Force in more than 30 years.

The 21-year-old 2nd Lieutenant Nilofar Rahmani was graduated during a ceremony at Shindand Air Base in western Herat province of Afghanistan, along with other eight young Afghan pilots.

The young Afghan pilots hae been trained by U.S. Air Force instructors and were graduated after completing 197 sorties consisting of 145.5 flying hours, the graduates trained on the Cessna 182 fixed-wing aircraft or the MD 530 rotary aircraft

Nilofar Rahmani quoted by Washington Times said, “First, it was my ambition, and second, I want to show that Afghanistan can have female pilots. It’s a job females can do also, it’s not a hard job that the men can just do. Both can do it.”

She also added, “I wanted to fly with my brothers, shoulder to shoulder.”

The young graduates will now move on to more advanced training, on Cessna 208s or Mi-17s, however Lt. Rhmani is aspiring to be a fixed-wing pilot.

“It’s my honor to serve my country and be the first female, and being an example for other females behind me,” she told The Times.

Lt. Rahmani loved to become a pilot since she was a child and spent nearly a year with the coalition forces to learn English in order to qualify to take part in pilot training.

She is influenced by her to become a pilot who could not become a pilot due to problems at that time.

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