The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has disclosed on Wednesday, January 17, 2017, during commissioning of 11 young pilots that the two female combatants among the pilots are the first in Nigerian history.
The names of the history-making duo are Flying Officers OS Ijelu and GC Nwaogwgwu.
Nigeria’s Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar said both officers are the first female combatant pilots since Nigeria’s independence. Hence, their achievements made the event a unique one for the country.
“It is the first time in the history of the NAF that female Regular Combatant officers would be decorated with wings as qualified pilots,” CAS said.
“By the end of February therefore, the NAF would have successfully winged 72 pilots. Furthermore, there are an additional 74 pilots that are training to qualify for awards of NAF wings. Out of this number, 64 are training in Nigeria while the remaining 10 are training outside Nigeria,” the CAS said.
All the 11 young combatant pilots just completed a one-year training programme at the Westline Aviation, South Africa. And most importantly, they are expected to be deployed to major theatres of war where the Air Force is actively involved in the fight against terrorism.