Taiwan’s first female combat attack helicopter pilot flies Cobra

Having completed the AH-1W training program, Chen has become Taiwan’s first female combat helicopter pilot

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/01/17
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Taipei (Taiwan News) — Lieutenant Chen Pin-tsai (陳品棻), who serves with the 602nd

Lieutenant Chen Pin-tsai(By Central News Agency)

Air Cavalry Brigade of the Army Aviation and Special Operations Command, has passed the assessment to become Taiwan’s first female AH-1W Cobra attack helicopter officer.

The military media outlet Youth Daily reported on Tuesday that in high school Chen decided to apply to military academy to become a student pilot. Because of her excellent foreign language skills demonstrated during her studies at the academy, she was admitted to the Virginia Military Institute, where she excelled both in sports and academics, breaking school records in swimming and graduating with honors.

During her time at VMI, she entered the pilot training program, in which she learned about aviation and laid a solid foundation to become a flight officer. After returning home in 2013, she began flying the TH-67 training helicopter, and when it came time to select which aircraft she preferred to be assigned to, she made the courageous decision to opt for one of Taiwan’s two attack helicopters – the AH-1W Cobra.   [FULL  STORY]

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