Chinese women to fly J-10 fighters in air show in Malaysia
In a first, four Chinese female acrobatic pilots will perform abroad at the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition in Malaysia next week.
Beijing: In a first, four Chinese female acrobatic pilots will perform abroad at the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition in Malaysia next week.
The four members of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force acrobatic team left for Malaysia earlier today in the Chinese made J-10 fighter jets, said Air Force spokesman Shen Jinke.
Pilots Yu Xu, Tao Jiali, Sheng Yifei and He Xiaoli's stunt show will be the first time China's female fighter pilots have performed abroad, Shen said.
The four women, with an average of more than 800 flight hours experience, had also participated in a high-profile military parade marking the People's Republic of China's 60th anniversary in 2009.
They had also performed with J-10 fighters at the 10th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, last November.
The five-day Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) show, held since 1991, will open next Tuesday. Fighter jets from Malaysia, the US and France will also perform at the air show.
Shen said the Air Force had in recent years paid more attention to international exchanges.
The Air Force acrobatic team gave its first overseas performance at the Moscow air show in 2013.