Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Girls to Fly Advanced Fighters in China

In April of 2010, the sixteen girl-pilots of Chinese air force will say good-bye to their K-8 Karakorum trainers and begin to fly advanced fighters in China.

The sixteen girls are the 8th batch of female pilots trained by the Chinese air force and the first batch of female pilots trained for flying fighters in China. They have enlisted in 2005 and are praised by Chinese people as “Thunder-roses”. On April 2, 2009, they completed their 44-month training and were granted the ranks of lieutenant in the Chinese air force. Among these girls, the oldest one is 25 year-old, and the youngest one is 22.

On October 1, 2009, a military parade to celebrate the 60th anniversary of China was held on Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China. The sixteen female-pilots roared over the square that day by flying K-8 trainers. It was unprecedented in the Chinese history as the media said.