Female Pilots, Astronauts Help Take China's Aviation Dreams to New Heights

October 20, 2016
Editor: Gretchen Zhou

Liu Yang, the first Chinese female astronaut in space. [Women Voice]


As the Shenzhou XI manned spacecraft successfully completed its rendezvous and docking today with the Tiangong II space station, the profile of the China's space exploration team has reached new heights. Among those astronauts in reserve are two pioneering females, Liu Yang and Wang Yaping.

Commentators cited the female space explorers' ongoing intelligence, professionalism, courage and determination as a great boon to the country's high-profile department.

As outstanding pilot cadets in the air force, Liu and Wang were both recently given the honorary title of March 8th Red Banner Pace-Setters by the All-China Women’s Federation, along with Li Lingchao, an air force deputy commander.

Although female astronauts and pilots currently make up just a small part of the air force, they play an important role, said officials.

Whether they are involved in navigation or work for civilian airlines, female astronauts and pilots are expected to make an even bigger mark on the aviation industry in the future.


Female astronaut Wang Yaping. [Women Voice]

The female pilot Li Lingchao. [Women Voice]

Outstanding female cadet pilots in China's air force. [Women Voice]

A female pilot checks the propellers. [Women Voice]

A female pilot prepares for a flight. [Women Voice]

A female pilot poses in the cockpit. [Women Voice]

Two female pilots on their way to a flight. [Women Voice]


(Source: Women Voice/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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