For close to 35 years, being a combat pilot in
the Ghana Air Force has been a ‘no go’ area
for ambitious young women who had the
desire to ply their trade in that sector of
the Ghana Armed Forces.
A female pilot, Selase Yayra Agbenyefia »
was hailed by President John
Mahama » after bringing down safely a
Ghana Airforce MH-17 helicopter which made
a precautionary landing at Apatrampa, a
suburb of Kumasi on Friday 9 July, 2015.
Squadron Leader Selase Yayra Agbenyefia, is
the first female military helicopter pilot not
only in Ghana but in the West Africa sub-
region in 48 years.
She was adjudged the best cadet in Rotary
Wing as well as in Academics and was
commissioned into the Ghana Air Force in
December 2001 Agbenyefia is the first military female pilot to have served with the United Nations when she served as a crew member with the Ghana Aviation Unit in La Cote D’lvoire from 2006 to 2010.
She is currently the Flight Commander of the
No. 3 Helicopter Squadron of the Ghana Air
Force Due to the bad weather, the helicopter MH-17 helicopter in which the first couple was
travelling was forced to make a “precautionary” landing.
President Mahama in a tweet congratulated
her, the Ghana Armed Forces and said “I feel
great pride for our armed forces. Great
intuition shown by our heli pilots. I feel so
proud. And at the controls was a woman.”
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