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Zambia’s 1st female fighter pilot says she ‘doesn’t feel like a woman’ in her job

February 22, 2017

Last month, Thokozile Muwamba became Zambia’s first female fighter pilot. She joined the military in 2012, and had been part of a Zambian Air Force initiative to train more women pilots.

In a recent video interview with the BBC, Muwamba opened up about her experience as a pioneering woman in a field dominated by men. She said that she had never planned to become a fighter pilot, but was recommended to the fighter squadron by instructors who “saw potential in her.”

Muwamba also said that she has been received warmly by her military peers. “Most people were proud to see that one of the females wanted to take a step forward. I actually don’t feel like a woman in this job,” she said. “After all, the aircraft knows no sex.”

Watch her full interview with the BBC below.



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