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China's 1st batch of female jet fighter pilots to debut at National Day parade

2009-04-02 13:13:26 GMT2009-04-02 21:13:26 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Pilot trainees pose for photos at the graduation ceremony at the Third Army Aviation Institute in China, April 2, 2009. (Xinhua/Tan Chao)

Pilot trainee Yu Xu (L) walks with coaches after a flight test in China, March 29, 2009. China's first batch of female jet fighter pilots were conferred the rank of lieutenant on April 2. (Xinhua/Tan Chao)

Pilot trainees spin on wheels in an examination before gradution in China, March 30, 2009. China's first batch of female jet fighter pilots were conferred the rank of lieutenant on April 2. (Xinhua/Tan Chao)

Pilot trainee Tao Jiali examines a jet fighter before her flight test in China, March 29, 2009. China's first batch of female jet fighter pilots were conferred the rank of lieutenant on April 2. (Xinhua/Tan Chao)

Pilot trainee Tao Jiali prepares for a flight in China, March 29, 2009. China's first batch of female jet fighter pilots were conferred the rank of lieutenant on April 2. The 16 pilots, aged 21 to 24, graduated after 44 months of training. They will take part in the National Day parade to be held in October to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, a military source said. (Xinhua/Tan Chao)

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  Pilot trainees encourage each other in a physique examination in China, March 30, 2009.(Xinhua/Tan Chao)

China's first batch of female jet fighter pilots were conferred the rank of lieutenant on April 2.

The 16 pilots, aged 21 to 24, graduated after 44 months of training. They will take part in the National Day parade to be held in October to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, a military source said.

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