From AirForceTimes: U.S. training helps Afghan female pilot go solo
The Taliban has been waging a brutal war against women, but at least one woman is trying to even the odds.
Nilofor Rhmani recently became the first female pilot in the Afghan air
force’s pilot training program to fly solo, officials said. She is
receiving training by both U.S. and NATO advisers.
training program at Shindand Air Base, Afghanistan, is a joint effort
between NATO and the Afghan Ministry of Defense, said U.S. Air Force
Maj. Jeremy Ponn, Afghanistan country director. It’s the first such
program in Afghanistan in more than 30 years.
“Lt. Rhmani is the
first Afghan female to participate in the new pilot training program in
Afghanistan,” Ponn said in an email. “She graduated introductory flight
training on 19 July and began the formal undergraduate pilot training
program 28 July.
“She is one of five pilot trainees in UPT Class
12-03 — the class has months of training ahead prior to receiving their
wings and will graduate next summer. She has received accolades from the
Afghan public and is viewed as a positive role model for Afghan
Following her first solo flight, Rhmani participated in a
U.S. Air Force tradition when her American and British advisers threw
her into a pool of water known as the “dunk tank.”