NAF wings 91st combat pilot

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has winged another combat pilot, Flying Officer Salihu Usman, in Abuja.

This brings to 91 the number of winged pilots in three years.

Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, made this known in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

He said that Usman recently completed his Basic Fighter Introduction Course in the US.

He added that: “The Chief of the Air Staff’s quest to re-professionalise the Nigerian Air Force through capacity building initiatives have received a further boost with the winging of another young NAF combat pilot, Flying Officer Salihu Usman.

“This is besides the 67 NAF officers, who are currently undergoing flying training in various flying institutions both within and outside the country.

“It is, therefore, expected that by this time next year, the total number of new pilots would reach an unprecedented 158 in just 4 years.

“More remarkably, among the 67 student pilots, is the first female NAF student fighter pilot, who is currently undergoing Specialised Undergraduate Pilot Training in the USA.

”Another female student pilot is undergoing helicopter training in South Africa to become the first female helicopter pilot in the NAF,” Daramola said.

He said that the newly winged pilot was admitted into the NDA in August 2010 as a member of 62nd Regular Combatant Course, where he obtained a degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

NAN

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