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Pakistan's only female fighter pilot is ready for war
Reuters ^ | 13 Jun 2013

Posted on 06/16/2013 1:03:54 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki

Pakistan's only female fighter pilot is ready for war

Her olive green head scarf poking out from her helmet, Ayesha Farooq flashes a cheeky grin when asked if it is lonely being the only war-ready female fighter pilot in the Islamic republic of Pakistan.

Farooq, from Punjab province's historic city of Bahawalpur, is one of 19 women who have become pilots in the Pakistan Air Force over the last decade. There are five other female fighter pilots, but they have yet to take the final tests to qualify for combat.

"I don't feel any different. We do the same activities, the same precision bombing," the soft-spoken 26-year-old said of her male colleagues at Mushaf base in north Pakistan, where neatly piled warheads sit in sweltering 50 degree Celsius heat.

A growing number of women have joined Pakistan's defence forces in recent years as attitudes towards women change.

"Because of terrorism and our geographical location it's very important that we stay on our toes," said Farooq, referring to Taliban militancy and a sharp rise in sectarian violence.

Deteriorating security in neighbouring Afghanistan, where US-led troops are preparing to leave by the end of next year, and an uneasy relationship with arch rival India to the east add to the mix.

Farooq, whose slim frame offers a study in contrast with her burly male colleagues, was at loggerheads with her widowed and uneducated mother seven years ago when she said she wanted to join the air force.

"In our society most girls don't even think about doing such things as flying an aircraft," she said.

Family pressure against the traditionally male domain of the armed forces dissuaded other women from taking the next step to become combat ready, air force officials said. They fly slower aircraft instead,

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aerospace; fighter; paf; pakistan

Ayesha Farooq, 26, Pakistans only female war-ready fighter pilot, poses for photograph as she sits in the cockpit of a Chinese-made F-7PG fighter jet at Mushaf base in Sargodha, north Pakistan. - Reuters

1 posted on 06/16/2013 1:03:55 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Somewhere in Pak an Imam is having kittens....


2 posted on 06/16/2013 1:08:10 AM PDT by PsyOp (Common sense has become so rare it ought to be considered a "Super-Power".)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Sorry, can’t help but laugh. Go get her Tom Cruise.


3 posted on 06/16/2013 1:08:30 AM PDT by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Look at the ‘finish work’ on that forward canopy frame.


4 posted on 06/16/2013 1:08:52 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: F15Eagle

Given that the PAF has been operating F-7s for about 35 odd years, it’s not impossible that the jet she’s on is older than her.


5 posted on 06/16/2013 1:17:50 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

It has definitely been worked on; either at the factory or since then. Of course you’re not supposed to grind welds but that looks like it was done by a junior-high-school shop class.


6 posted on 06/16/2013 1:19:48 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: A Navy Vet

Oh, she is a honey! A face only a mother could like. So when she performs her Jihad mission and becomes a female Martyr, will she be met by 72 male virgins? So you see Pakistan really is a liberated, Western culture providing females equal opportunity after all and not a 7th century Muslim cesspool as we have been led to believe! Congratulations!


7 posted on 06/16/2013 1:40:45 AM PDT by Netz (Netz)
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To: F15Eagle

>>Look at the ‘finish work’ on that forward canopy frame.

What have you got against blacksmiths?


8 posted on 06/16/2013 1:59:25 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: FreedomPoster

Oh yeah, that’s a fine-looking weld /s


9 posted on 06/16/2013 2:03:29 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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10 posted on 06/16/2013 2:17:19 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: F15Eagle

There is only so much you can do with a ball pein hammer and a chisel.


11 posted on 06/16/2013 3:03:45 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: F15Eagle

Noticed that right away; pretty sloppy work.


12 posted on 06/16/2013 3:28:39 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: F15Eagle

This J-7 is a Chinese fighter and all the notices are in ENGLISH???? WTF???


13 posted on 06/16/2013 3:36:37 AM PDT by Ken522
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To: Ken522

Correction - F-7, not J-7 ... sorry!


14 posted on 06/16/2013 3:38:10 AM PDT by Ken522
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To: F15Eagle

“Oh yeah, that’s a fine-looking weld /s”

JB Weld. Right?


15 posted on 06/16/2013 4:04:49 AM PDT by KingLudd
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Looks like she had a windshield leak and they used NP1 sealer.
Great stuff but it’s not rated ‘Supersonic’ , AFAIK


16 posted on 06/16/2013 4:26:13 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: Vinnie

Now we know the real reason for burkas.


17 posted on 06/16/2013 5:29:42 AM PDT by ibytoohi (What the hell has happened to my country?)
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To: Ken522

English has been the universal language of commerce, aviation, diplomacy, IT, the military and government since around the end of World War II. Prior to that, it was French.


18 posted on 06/16/2013 6:17:29 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
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To: ibytoohi

A friend of mine is going to Dubai on business and I jokingly offered to lend her my burka. She was surprised I had one but I needed it when I had gone to Riyahd several years ago. When I was packing to go, just before I left, I put it on and walked into the living room where my husband was watching television. He hit pause and just stared. I lifted it over my head and asked him what he thought. He said, “It erases you. I never want to see it again.”

THAT is what they do to women. I am surprised that she is allowed to soil a man’s place there. There is probably a bullseye somewhere on her plane for the pigs to practice.


19 posted on 06/16/2013 6:39:28 AM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Vinnie

If you’re referring to the F-7, it is supersonic.


20 posted on 06/18/2013 3:55:11 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki
Given that the PAF has been operating F-7s for about 35 odd years, it’s not impossible that the jet she’s on is older than her.

That's true of a lot of U.S. Air Force pilots as well.

21 posted on 06/18/2013 4:07:23 PM PDT by 0.E.O
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To: sukhoi-30mki

No, I was referring to a sealant/caulk commonly used on ductwork.
The windscreen. on her jet looks like they used it. Poor job too.


22 posted on 06/19/2013 2:31:05 AM PDT by Vinnie (][p)
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