Monday, July 15, 2013

Female Aviators

It's sad to see the oppressive governments of Muslim nations limit the women's rights that Prophet Muhammad had conferred centuries ago. As a result, many people of different faiths see Islam as restricting women to dress, work and think. So this week, let's debunk that idea by featuring Muslim women who work in the male-dominated fields.

First up this week is the female pilots.

Ayesha Farooq, 26, is one of 19 women who have become pilots in the Pakistan Air Force over the past decade, but is the only one ready for action. She is stationed at Mushaf base in Sargodha, north Pakistan. A growing number of women have joined Pakistan’s defense forces in recent years.

Images of Reuters Photo/Zohra Bensemra. Found here

Afghan Air Force 2nd Lt. Niloofar Rhmani walks the flightline at Shindand Air Base, Afghanistan prior to her graduation from undergraduate pilot training May 13, 2013. Rhmani made history May 14, 2013 when she became the first female to successfully complete undergraduate pilot training and earn the status of pilot in more than 30 years. She will continue her service as she joins the Kabul Air Wing as a Cessna 208 pilot. (Scott Saldukas)

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Sabiha Gökçen (March 22, 1913 - March 22, 2001) was a Turkish/Bosniak aviator, the world's first female fighter pilot and the first Turkish female combat pilot at the age of 23. She was one of eight adopted children of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Gök means sky in Turkish and Gökçen means belonging or relating to the sky.

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