NOT FLYING HIGH IN AFGHANISTAN – It will take a long time for those sorts of attitudes to change:

Afghanistan’s first female pilot has been granted asylum in the US after being forced out of her home country by death threats.

Afghan air force captain Niloofar Rahmani, 27, signed up to become a pilot at age 18 under the US-led coalition and became a national celebrity after she graduated from training school in 2013.

However both she and her immediate family became targets of the Taliban and family members who threatened them with death and forced them into hiding.

In 2015, Captain Rahmani was brought to the US and received the State Department’s International Women of Courage Award. Following her successful asylum result, the pilot said she was “really happy and thankful” to those that made it happen.

“All I want now is to go back to my dream of flying,” she told the Wall Street Journal. “I can finally live my life in peace,” said Ms. Rahmani. “Now all my worries are about my family in Afghanistan.”


“Top Gun 2” begins filming mid-year. I think it would benefit from inclusion of Maverick Niloofar.