Chinese Women Pilots To Fly FBC-1 Bombers For First Time

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  • 12:54 PM, April 20, 2016
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Chinese Women Pilots To Fly FBC-1 Bombers For First Time
Chinese Women Pilots To Fly FBC-1 Bombers

The Chinese Air Force's women pilots will now operate the FBC-1 bombers for the first time, Xinhua reported citing a report by PLA Daily.

Until now, the cockpit has been occupied by male pilots. The Air Force of the People's Liberation Army has decided to modify the jet's cockpit to better accommodate female pilots.

The Air Force is now training women to fly the jets at an air base in northeast China. The pilots will also carry out night formation flight drills for future combat missions, according to the report.

The FBC-1 fighter jet, also known as the Flying Leopard, is independently developed and manufactured by Xi'an Aircraft Industry Corp. in northwest China.

The aircraft contains two cabins, with the forecabin holding the cockpit while the rear cabin controls the weapons.

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