Bahrain royal makes history; Kingdom’s first female fighter pilot

Bahraini Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman watched on Thursday as his granddaughter made her inaugural flight as the kingdom’s first female fighter pilot.

Sheikha Aisha bint Rashid Al Khalifa took off from Sheikh Isa Air Base on hour-long flight demonstrating her skills piloting a BAE Hawk, state news agency BNA reported.

The prime minister congratulated his granddaughter and praised her for completing the intense training needed to become a fighter jet pilot, which the Bahrain News Agency described as an “accomplishment that embodies determination and the spirit of defiance of Bahraini women”.

Sheikha Aisha, a graduate of Britain’s prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, holds the rank of pilot officer in the Royal Bahraini Airforce.

The young royal joins other GCC women who have taken to the skies in defence of their countries, including Major Mariam Al Mansouri, the UAE’s first female pilot.

 

Source Credit: The National

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