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Afghanistan’s first female military pilots arrive in US for training

July 15, 2011

Afghanistan’s first crop of female military pilots have arrived in the US for training this week.

Sourya Saleh and three fellow Afghan women, the first of their gender to qualify as pilots in the Afghan Army, may help change attitudes about women in their conservative Muslim homeland, writes The Telegraph online.

The Afghan women will begin their military pilot training at Lackland Air Force Base, in San Antonio, Texas. Photo: AP

“We are going to open the door for other ladies in Afghanistan,” the Afghan Army Second Lieutenant told reporters at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. “It is a big deal for us, to open this door for others. Other ladies who feel that they can’t do it, we want to show them.” They will first study English at the Defense Language Institute at Lackland.

Dozens of male Afghan pilots have gone through similar training in the United States. After six to eight months of language study, they will travel to Fort Rucker in Alabama for helicopter pilot training in the U.S. Army “Thunder Lab” program.

To read the full story on The Telegraph Online, click on the image above. To view a video about the ‘Thunder Lab’ program in Kabul, click on the image below.

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  1. Kerry Maria Lawson permalink
    July 15, 2011 16:03

    Better has come-Powerful Strong Independent Women-My utmost respect goes out 2all 3. Angels of Afghan will Protect & Guide. X

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