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| 13 August, 2017

Russia to start training female military pilots

Girls will be admitted to the Krasnodar aviation school for pilot training this year for the first time in Russia’s modern history.

MOSCOW, 12th August, 2017 (WAM) -- Girls will be admitted to the Krasnodar aviation school for pilot training this year for the first time in Russia’s modern history, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu told reporters on Saturday.

"There are quite a few girls who would like to become military pilots. We’ve received hundreds of letters, hence the decision to enroll the first group of girls in the Krasnodar military aviation school this year", the minister was quoted by Russian news agency, TASS, as saying.

"They will be few in number, 15 all in all. However, considering the number of applications received by the Russian Aerospace Forces we cannot ignore these requests, so on October 1, the first group of girls will start training to become military pilots", he added.

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