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Jordan's first female F-16 pilot celebrated as 'hero'

Jordanian women are playing an increasingly prominent role in the country’s military, though challenges remain. There have been notable female air force pilots in other countries throughout the Middle East as well.
Sabaa Thnaibat, Jordan's first ever female F-16 pilot, making her first solo tour on Wednesday. (Photo credit: Jordanian Royal Forces)

Sabaa Thnaibat, the first Jordanian woman to ever fly an F-16 fighter jet is being celebrated as a hero in the country. Jordanians on social media embraced their latest "nashama" (hero in Jordanian), and touted her achievement. 

Thnaibat flew the American-made military aircraft from the Muwaffaq Salti Air Base in eastern Jordan. Air Force Brig. Gen. Muhammad Fathi Hiasat said her achievement was the result of King Abdullah II’s support for female participation in the military, the state-owned Al-Mamlaka reported. 

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