- A Nigerian lady has made history again as she was winged the first female combat pilot officer in the history of NAF
- Flying Officer Kafayat Sanni was winged by the leadership of NAF in a decoration ceremony in Abuja
- Kafayat was decorated alongside five others who recently completed their flying training
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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has winged Flying Officer Kafayat Sanni as the first female fixed-wing fighter pilot in the history of the service.
Legit.ng gathered that Sanni was among the 5 pilots NAF graduated in tactical and basic flying on Tuesday, September 29, in Abuja.
The information was disclosed in a statement shared on the official social media handles of the force.
Flying Officer Sanni received the Limited Combat Rating Certificate after completing the Tactical Flying Course on the Alpha Jet aircraft along with another pilot.
Others decorated include 4 student pilots of the Basic Flying Course 19 (Batch A).
While winging the pilots, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, the chief of air staff (CAS), at the combined ceremony at NAF Headquarters, said the journey of the pilots had just begun.
Abubakar expressed particular delight that Sanni, who was decorated with her pilot wings back in October 2019, had made history yet again.
The air force boss went on to note that in dealing with security challenges in the country the pilots have continued to add value to the efforts of the service.
According to him, Flying Officer Sanni and her colleagues are now better trained and prepared to be deployed for combat missions in the ongoing counter-insurgency air operations in the North-East and other parts of the country.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that a video emerged in which a female Nigerian Air Force pilot identified as Flying Officer OO Oke was spotted flying the L-39ZA.
In the video, which was posted on Twitter by @Jakepor21, Oke could be seen flying solo on the L-39ZA, becoming the first female pilot to do so in the history of 403 Flying Training School Kano.
It should be noted that female pilots in the Air Force are making history by achieving what their male counterparts have achieved.
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