THE JORDANIAN PRINCESS BECOMES THE FIRST FEMALE PILOT IN HER COUNTRY


10/01/2020




İrem UZUN -TDO- Jordan's King Abdullah II presented his daughter, Princess Salma, with her wings after she completed pilot training with the Jordan Armed Forces, according to a press release by the Royal Hashemite Court. The princess, 19, is the first Jordanian woman to complete preliminary pilot training on fixed-wing aircraft.

The ceremony in the capital Amman on was attended by her mother Queen Rania and her older brother, Crown Prince Hussein. Hussein, who is a first lieutenant in the Jordanian Armed Forces, took to Instagram to congratulate his sister. "Brilliant and hard-working as always!" he wrote. "Congrats on receiving your wings and here's to more success and achievements."

The news was received positively by many on social media sites. "'I want to be a princess when I grow up' gets a whole new meaning for girls around the world today," one Twitter user said.

Salma is one of the few female members of her family to graduate from Sandhurst. Her paternal aunt, Princess Aisha Bint Hussein, graduated from the military academy in 1987 and was the first Middle Eastern woman to attend Sandhurst. She went on to serve in Jordan's special forces. Another aunt, Princess Iman, graduated in 2003, according to the Royal Central.


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