Here they come: Baddass Women of the Nigerian Air Force.

The Nigerian military is one of the few militaries in Africa that opens up almost every role to men and women. Men and woman serve alongside each other, making an equal contribution to the Nigerian Air Force. In April 2012 the Nigerian Air Force produced the first female combat pilot in the sub-region, Flying Officer Blessing Liman.

The NAF is an essential pillar of Nigeria’s military power. The air support and transport services provided by this branch of the armed forces ranges from missions in Nigeria’s northeast to humanitarian efforts in West Africa. With an active duty force of 18,000,  it represents one of Africa’s largest air force (in terms of personnel)

The fact that job roles in the NAF are open to women with equal pay to men reflects a modern Nigerian society committed to developing diverse and inclusive teams that contribute to Air Force capability. There are no restrictions on employment of females in the Air Force, including all pilot positions. The Nigerian Air Force vies with the SAAF (South African Air Force ) as the best trained and professional air force in Sub Sahara Africa.

FEMALE PILOTS

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NAF female fighter pilot.
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NAF female fighter pilot.
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Pilot training at the 301 Flight Training School.
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Pilot training at the 301 Flight Training School.
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Pilot training at the 301 Flight Training School.
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Flight Lieutenant CE Ani. Nigeria’s first and only ISR pilot.
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Flight Lieutenant CE Ani. Nigeria’s first and only ISR pilot.
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Flight Lieutenant CE Ani. Nigeria’s first and only ISR pilot.
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NAF drone pilot of the domestically built Amebo Unmanned System.
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NAF drone pilot of the domestically built Amebo Unmanned System.
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NAF drone pilot of the domestically built Amebo Unmanned System.
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Flight Lieutenant N.A Ofodile Keku (Aerospace Engineer/Research Fellow)
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Flight Lieutenant N.A Ofodile Keku (Aerospace Engineer/Research Fellow)

AIRCRAFT MECHANICS

What a man can do a woman can do better?

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Tactical Maintenance. What a man can do a woman can do better.
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Tactical Maintenance. What a man can do a woman can do better.
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NAF female aircraft mantainance technicians work hard to ensure that the F-7Ni fighters are fit to fly up in demand.
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NAF female aircraft mantainance technicians work hard to ensure that the F-7Ni fighters are fit to fly up in demand.
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NAF female aircraft mantainance technicians work hard to ensure that the F-7Ni fighters are fit to fly up in demand.
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NAF female aircraft mantainance technicians work hard to ensure that the F-7Ni fighters are fit to fly up in demand.
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Flight officer A.O Okunowu (Aircraft Engineer)
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Technicians carrying out preventative maintenance on a C-130 turbine in a C-130 maintance hanger .
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Technicians carrying out preventative maintenance on a C-130 turbine in a C-130 maintance hanger .

ORDNANCE

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NAF Ordnance unit carrying out electronic testing of munitions before clearing them for deployment.
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Female Ordnance crew working on a PL-9 air to air missile .
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Female Ordnance crew working on a PL-9 air to air missile .
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Ordnance crew install a 2,500 pound bomb on an F-7Ni fighter.

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COMBAT REGIMENT

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All female platoon Regiment.
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NAF  elite all female Special Forces platoon.
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NAF elite all female Special Forces platoon.
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NAF small elite all female Special Forces platoon.
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You go that way, I go this way……

 

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Advance…..
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NAG Regiment Female Platoon combat training.
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Weapons handling.Training with the boys in the use of firearms.
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Weapons handling. Training with the bots in the use of firearms.

AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL

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Naija Women rulling the skies.  Nigerian women are breaking into what was once a male dominated activities. THEY can be referred to as the “ THE female rulers of the skies.

 

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Naija Women rulling the skies.  Nigerian women are breaking into what was once a male dominated activities. THEY can be referred to as the “ THE female rulers of the skies.
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3 Replies to “Here they come: Baddass Women of the Nigerian Air Force.”

  1. This is quite impressive. I wasn’t aware we had such active females in almost all branches of the Air Force. It’s laudable, however, more can be done.

    Your blog hardly covers the Naval branch of the Armed Forces like you do the rest. Does our navy have any modernization plans/fleet upgrade? Are there any plans to develop an aviation wing in the navy?

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    1. Its extremely difficult to get information on developments in the Nigerian navy. Its a moribund Navy, all you need do is look up their twitter handle. The last tweet was like a year ago. Its the most opaque arm of the armed forces. Perhaps because it does not play a significant role in the counter insurgency operations.

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      1. Now that is just sad and quite disappointing. I think it also has to do with the fact that both the Army and Air Force have visionary & modern Chiefs in charge unlike the naval counterpart. Piracy in our EEZ is a problem as big as Boko Haram, yet little is done to fight it.

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