Air Force training female pilots to fly its jets

The China Post
Date: March 30, 2017
By: Joseph Yeh

Three pilots are currently training to become the first female jet fighter pilots to fly a

Lt. Chiang Ching-hua (蔣青樺) poses for a photograph in this undated file photograph. Chiang is one of the three female pilots currently undergoing training to become the first female jet fighter pilots to fly a second-generation fighter of the R.O.C. Air Force. (Image captured from the Air Force’s Facebook Page)

second-generation fighter of the R.O.C., the Air Force announced on Wednesday.

Lt. Chiang Ching-hua (蔣青樺), Lt. Chiang Hui-yu (蔣惠宇) and Lt. Fan Yi-ling (范宜鈴) are currently training to become pilots of Mirage-2000, F-16 and IDF fighters, respectively, the Air Force said on its Facebook page. The three types of second-generation fighter are among Taiwan’s main combat aircraft.

All three female lieutenants are in their 20s and graduated from the R.O.C. Air Force Academy in 2014, it stated.

They have previously completed training in the flying of T-34 and AT-3 trainers as well as F-5E fighters, qualifying them to fly the more advanced fighter jets, it added.

“No women have qualified to fly these advanced fighter jets before, it will be a huge physical challenge for them,” the Air Force said in the post.

It encouraged the trio to complete the unprecedented accomplishment by completing the required nine-month training.    [FULL  STORY]

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