The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) graduated four fighter pilots from its 403 flying training school (403 fts) Kano, in furtherance of the human capacity development efforts of the current NAF leadership.
The young pilots commenced training at 403 fts in Kano in 2016, as part of jet training course 1, after they had successfully completed the basic flying course in the United Kingdom. With the successful graduation.
The number of fighter pilots available for operations in the NAF has increased thereby giving impetus to the ongoing fight against insurgency in the north east, cattle rustling in the north west and other forms of criminalities.
The chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who was represented at the event by the air officer commanding, air training command, air vice marshal Christopher Okoye, noted that the increase in number of young pilots that are flying NAF platforms today is a departure from what obtained in the recent past when senior officers of the rank of air vice marshal and air commodore were the ones flying. Today, most of the pilots flying NAF platforms, including the c-130 aircraft, are flight lieutenants and flying officers.
Speaking further, the CAS noted that following extensive training, platform acquisition and reactivation of grounded aircraft fleet, the NAF could more satisfactorily fulfill its statutory roles across the broad spectrum of national air power tasks. Air marshal Abubakar added that some of the NAF’s l-39za aircraft had been modified into combat aircraft, as part of efforts to enhance the combat readiness of the NAF.