First Woman U.A.E. Fighter Pilot Leads AirStrike Against ISIS
Maj. Mariam Al Mansouri, the first female fighter pilot for the United Arab Emirates, led an airstrike over Syria on Monday night in alliance with the United States' efforts against ISIS. Flying an F-16 Desert Falcon, Mansouri was one of the first three women to graduate flight school in 2007 when the Emirati air force began admitting women. The 35-year-old graduated with an English degree and said, "Competing with oneself (as opposed to male pilots) is conducive to continued learning."
By Jordan Moses
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