ZHUHAI, China (AFP) – China showed off the feminine side of its military build-up on Tuesday, as two women fighter pilots showed their skills as part of an aerobatic display in J-10 jets.
The pair strode to their fighter planes in lock-step with male pilots, all wearing identical green jumpsuits and sunglasses, as part of a performance by the Chinese air force’s “August 1st” aerobatic team at the country’s premier airshow.
The two are part of a larger group of female fighter pilots, who have not been identified by name, flying for the aerobatic team named for the date of the founding of the army.
The five women all have more than 750 hours of flying time in four types of aircraft, state media has reported.
Chinese defence companies and the People’s Liberation Army’s air force are putting the latest weaponry on parade at the Zhuhai airshow this week, including the new J-31 stealth fighter and its biggest ever military transport plane.
At the last show in 2012, exhibitors displayed only a model of the next-generation fighter J-31.