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Meet the world’s first Black African female fighter pilot from South Africa!

Meet the world's first Black African female fighter pilot from South Africa! Mandisa Mfeka

Mandisa Mfeka has just been named as the world’s first Black African female fighter pilot from South Africa and we couldn’t be more inspired!

 

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa – Meet Major Mandisa Nomcebo Mfeka, a Combat Pilot in the South African Air Force.

She is regarded as the world’s first Black African female fighter pilot and hails from South Africa!

Mandisa, who was born in Ntuzuma Kwazulu-Natal grew up in Malvern. She says she realised her love for aviation when she was about five years old when her mother and grandmother used to take them to airshows in Virginia Airport.

Due to the inability to afford the entry fee, Mandisa says her mom would park outside the airport and they would watch the displays from there.

Growing up she thought she wanted to be a doctor but when she was in grade 10, she started researching careers that used math and science. As a result, she discovered aeronautical engineering. She decided to apply to different universities to study exactly that but she came across an article for the South African Air Force and after seeing that she exceeded the requirements of entry, plus she could become a pilot, she was immediately sold.

“From the moment I discovered the SAAF, I knew that’s what I wanted to do, and since then I haven’t looked back.”

In 2008 she joined the South African Air force (SAAF), and in 2010 she started at the Central Flying School in Langebaan; in 2011 she got her wings.

Mandisa says her journey as a Combat Pilot really shifted her perspective about what aviation and what being a military practitioner looked like. Nonetheless, she believes that becoming a combat pilot has been an amazing experience.

“It is such a dynamic environment and so mentally stimulating, and I love it because I’m growing in my technical expertise and learning more about aerodynamics.”

One quote that Mandisa lives by is, “The sky is the baseline.” Which means, the excellence bar that you pushed yesterday should be your starting point, tomorrow.

Meet the world's first Black African female fighter pilot from South Africa! Mandisa Mfeka Meet the world's first Black African female fighter pilot from South Africa! Mandisa Mfeka Meet the world's first Black African female fighter pilot from South Africa! Mandisa Mfeka Meet the world's first Black African female fighter pilot from South Africa! Mandisa Mfeka


Sources: South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA)
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    Jackie Theunissen

    April 15, 2019 at 7:51 am

    What an achievement wish you all the best

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    Sipho M.

    April 15, 2019 at 8:19 am

    Mandisa Mfeka is the world’s first AFRICAN female fighter pilot, period. Do not refer to her as the world’s first BLACK AFRICAN female fighter pilot.

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      BROWN African

      April 15, 2019 at 6:32 pm

      Why NOT?
      Not all Africans are black, catch a wake-up Sipho M…the AFRICAN Countries of Morocco, Libya, Egypt etc. are NOT BLACK…

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    Happiness Mnisi

    April 15, 2019 at 9:39 am

    Woòooooow congrats sis for this bravery you have shown,indeed you are an inspiration to the all the young women in our continent. Keep it up and BIG UP TO YA!!!!!👏👏👏

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    Sanele

    April 15, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Super proud of her watched the show where she was interviewed kudos to her.

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    Aletta Du toit

    April 15, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    Excellent, I am very proud of you young lady. Enjoy your journey.

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    User

    April 15, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    Well done…we are proud of you..

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    Jaycee

    April 15, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    Pride of the Nation

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    Thando Mzobe

    April 15, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Well done my girl!!!

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    Peter E

    April 15, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    Congratulations and well done

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    Peter E

    April 15, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    Well done

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    Sipho M

    April 16, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Brown African that is just my point. Those Africans in Morocco, Libya, Egypt etc
    , who are not “black” are also just AFRICANS. They never disassociate themselves from other Africans for that. In fact, they are never referred to as WHITE/BROWN Africans.

    Sipho M.

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      Pierre

      April 19, 2019 at 4:53 pm

      Then she would probably not be the “FIRST” which is the point here isn’t it. Btw I think Nigeria has “African” ladies that are flying fighters already.

      P

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