Monday, September 14, 2009

Ambreen Gul is one of seven women trained to fly F-7 supersonic fighter jet

Here's the first paragraph of this story which appears at the CNN: Asia website.

Pakistan's female fighter pilots break down barriers
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) -- Six years ago an ad in the Sunday paper changed a young Pakistani woman's life and made aviation history.

Seven Pakistani women are trained to fly the country's F-7 fighter jets -- though none have seen combat so far.

1 of 2 The ad read: "Pakistan Air Force recruiting females cadets."

Back then Ambreen Gul was 20-years old and living in Karachi. Her mother wanted her to be a doctor. She remembers her reaction when she told her she wants to fly.

"She was like: 'You're a girl,'" says Gul. "How will you do it? How will you fly?"

The following day Gul took the first step in proving her mother wrong. She was among the first in line at the recruitment center.

For nearly six decades it was only men who had flown Pakistan's fighter jets. Today Gul is one of seven women who are trained and ready to fly Pakistan's F-7 supersonic fighter jets.

"This is a feeling that makes you proud and makes you humble also," says Gul.

But humility doesn't mean lack of confidence.

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1 comment:

fahad Khan said...

The induction of girls in Pakistan Air Force was the result of efforts of a girl named Bisma Nasim who approached the authorities to demand for the rights of a Pakistani girl to join PAF as a fighter pilot....A lot of information is available on her on different forums and sites and you can search them just by writing her name on google....i really admire her passion and struggle...