China Sees First Female Attack Helicopter Pilots

October 30, 2014
Editor: Amanda Wu
China Sees First Female Attack Helicopter Pilots
China's first female attack helicopters take part in an attack drill in the hinterland of north China's Yan Mountains. [@军报记者]

China's first five female attack helicopter pilots recently took part in a drill in the hinterland of north China's Yan Mountains.

The five pilots, who last year transferred to the People's Liberation Army Aviation from the People's Liberation Army Air Force, have been capable of performing combat tasks and have added to the aviation battle sequence.

"As women are meticulous and sensitive, female pilots have their advantages in flying attack helicopters, especially in operating precision instruments and distinguishing the terrains," said a senior aviation army officer.

In order to be real fighters rather than performers, the five pilots have not only received flying training but have also attended tactical courses, such as missile loading and practice shooting, to enhance their all-round combat abilities.

In addition, all of them recently achieved outstanding results in their assessments of aviation theory knowledge, emergency response, and regulations.

With an average age of 24, all of the pilots have received their bachelor's degrees or higher; and one of them participated in the 2009 National Day parade as a member of the female air echelon, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

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

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