From little girl in awe of planes to combat pilot

schumi

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DURBAN - 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.
More at : https://www.iol.co.za/mercury/news/from-little-girl-in-awe-of-planes-to-combat-pilot-20949635
 

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Mfeka has high hopes for her future and is not planning on settling down any time soon. She remains focused on her career which includes one day commandeering the world- renowned South African-made fighter jet, the Gripen.
If she is a combat pilot would she not have already flown a Gripen?
 

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If she is a combat pilot would she not have already flown a Gripen?
Maybe it is one of those hired on potential type situations. Not to be one of those typical MyBB SA sucks posters but BEE does have thus unfortunate trait of hiring people on potential rather than ability
 

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Maybe it is one of those hired on potential type situations. Not to be one of those typical MyBB SA sucks posters but BEE does have thus unfortunate trait of hiring people on potential rather than ability
Or perhaps time accumulated in the trainer (BAE Hawk) and/or two-seat Gripen conversion trainer?
 

ToxicBunny

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Fsck IOL are a bunch of retards...

Good for her achievements in the SAAF, but that journalist who interviewed her needs a slap upside the head for lacking braincells
 
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