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Kafayat Sanni Receives Wings as the First Female Combat Pilot of the Nigerian Air Force

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), on Tuesday in Abuja, winged the first female combat pilot officer, and five others who have completed the Tactical Flying Training Course on the Alpha Jet aircraft, for effective and efficient service delivery.

The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, while winging the pilots, at the combined ceremony of Basic Flying Course 19 Batch A/ Tactical Fighter Course 24 Batch B, at NAF Headquarters, said their journey had just begun.

Abubakar said the ceremony was one in the series of remarkable strides of NAF towards capacity building to reposition the service into a highly professional and disciplined force that would respond swiftly to Nigeria's security imperatives.

The first female combat pilot, Kafayat Sanni, promised to discharge her responsibilities diligently, while bearing in mind the fact that the country was facing series of security challenges.

After passing out as the overall best pilot at the Nigerian Air Force’s 401 training school in 2017, First Lt. Kafayat Sanni etched her name in history as the first female fighter pilot in the 55-year-history of the Nigerian Air Force. Sanni was decorated alongside 12 new fighter pilots upon return from a US Aviation Leadership program.

Sanni who always had the ambition to become a fighter pilot disclosed,“ It was what I wanted to do. And I felt that everyone is not supposed to fold their arms and watch what is happening in our country.” 

Kafayat Sanni (Photo: Columbus Air Force Base)

Sanni acknowledged the fact that the training was tough as always, but added that by paying the needed attention to the instructor pilot, it was a success story at the end.

Source: Daily Trust


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