The Nigerian Air Force has immortalized the country’s first female combat pilot, Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile who died on the 14th of July, 2020 in Kaduna.
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar on the 22nd September commissioned a renovated facility in Port Harcourt after the late 24-year-old combat pilot in fulfillment of its promise to immortalize her for invaluable contribution to the service of the nation.
The newly renovated and remodeled Pilots’ Crew ‘Room’ at the 115 Special Operations Group (115 SOG) Port Harcourt will now be known as The Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile Pilots’ “Crew Room” after it was commissioned by the Chief of Air Staff Yesterday.
The “Crew Room” houses an Operations briefing room, computer room/library, pilots’ life-support room and lounge, a kitchen, dining room, changing room for pilots on standby, and several restrooms.
Speaking at the event, the Chief of Air Staff said that the death of the late Flying Officer has inspired other females in the country to join the Nigerian Airforce.
It is gratifying to note that, since late Tolulope’s demise, many young Nigerian girls have indicated their interest to join the NAF. Besides, no fewer than 12 other female officers, who have undoubtedly been motivated by her inspirational life and the unprecedented and exemplary contributions by other female and male pilots, are currently undergoing flying training, both within and outside the Country, to become NAF pilots.
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