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Blessing Liman is the first female military pilot of the Nigerian Air Force.

Born on March 13, 1984, Blessing hails from Zangon Kataf local government area of Kaduna State.

She attended the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, enlisted into the Nigerian Air Force in July 2011 and was commissioned on the 9th December 2011.

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Blessing was commissioned alongside 126 others as a Combat Flying Officer who finished the Direct Short Service Course.

She was of the SP-24A set of pilots and they were referred to as the Knights of the air.

On 27 April 2012, she made history by becoming Nigeria’s first female combat pilot following the badge decoration ceremony of thirty flying officers by Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Mohammed Dikko Umar.

On her achievement, she was quoted saying, “As a first female pilot I would want to make a mark that would encourage other females to join the military because I believe that all females have equal opportunity to exercise their rights in whatever they choose to.”




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