- Female personnel in the Nigerian Air Force are becoming a force to reckon with
- History was made recently with the conduct of an operational ISR mission by an all-female crew
- There has been a recent surge in the involvement of female personnel in areas that were previously the preserve of men
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has again made history with the conduct of an operational Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission by an all-female crew.
The historic mission was conducted on Tuesday, May 28 using the NAF Beechcraft KingAir ISR aircraft.
Flying Officers Oluwabunmi Ijelu and Genevieve Nwaogwugwu were captain and co-pilot, respectively, with Sergeant Njoku Patience was the Airborne Tactical Observation System (ATOS) mission operator and Lance Corporal Shawulu Godiya was the onboard technician.
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The aircraft was also marshalled by a female marshaller, Aircraftwoman David Precious.
The mission, which was preceded by the customary pre-flight briefing, originated from the 307 Executive Airlift Group (307 EAG), at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport and covered selected areas of interest in Niger state and its environs.
The Commander 307 EAG, Air Commodore Francis Edosa, while welcoming the all-female crew from the mission, applauded them for displaying a high level of professionalism.
Recall that NAF on Tuesday, May 5, winged another female helicopter pilot and 11 others at a low-key ceremony held at the NAF headquarters in Abuja.
With the latest induction, the NAF has now winged over 114 pilots, amongst which are 5 females, in the last 4 and half years.
In another development, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has unveiled 2 emergency ventilators produced by a team of researchers from the Air Force Research and Development Centre and Air Force Institute of Technology, Kaduna.
The ventilators were produced in partnership with the faculty of veterinary medicine, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
Similarly, the NAF distributed food items and other palliatives to some indigent members of its host communities in Nuwalege, Zamani and Ushafa in the Abuja Municipal and Bwari area councils recently.
The humanitarian effort was carried out amid coronavirus pandemic and lockdown as part of activities to mark NAF 56th anniversary.
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