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19 Jan 2018

Wow! Meet Nigeria’s First Female Combatant Pilots In History Since 1960 Independence (Photos)

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has
disclosed on Wednesday, January 17, 2017, during commissioning of 11 young pilots
that the two female combatants among the pilots are the first in Nigerian history.

The names of the history-making duo are Flying Officers OS Ijelu and GC Nwaogwgwu.

Nigeria's Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar said both officers are the first female combatant
pilots since Nigeria's independence.
Hence, their achievements made the event a unique one for the country.

"It is the first time in the history of the NAF that female Regular Combatant
officers would be decorated with wings as qualified pilots," CAS said.

"By the end of February therefore, the
NAF would have successfully winged 72
pilots. Furthermore, there are an
additional 74 pilots that are training to
qualify for awards of NAF wings. Out
of this number, 64 are training in
Nigeria while the remaining 10 are
training outside Nigeria," the CAS said.
All the 11 young combatant pilots just
completed a one-year training programme
at the Westline Aviation, South Africa.
And most importantly, they are expected
to be deployed to major theatres of war
where the Air Force is actively involved
in the fight against terrorism.

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