- Mar 26, 2010
More at : https://www.iol.co.za/mercury/news/from-little-girl-in-awe-of-planes-to-combat-pilot-20949635DURBAN - As a young girl, Mandisa Mfeka would eat sandwiches while sitting in the back of her mother’s car and watch planes take off from Virginia Airport.
Today, Major Mandisa Mfeka is the country’s first black female combat pilot.
Mfeka was born in Durban and spent the first years of her childhood in Ntuzuma before moving to Malvern.
Mfeka said her love for aviation began when she was around 5 years old.
“My gran and mom would take us to see the air shows at the Virginia Airport. We would park at the side of the airport and watch the planes take off. It was all very exciting,” she said.