His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa today attended the first flight in a warplane piloted by a Bahraini woman. Flown by his granddaughter Pilot Officer Shaikha Aisha bint Rashid Al Khalifa, the warplane, a Hawk, took off from Shaikh Isa Air Base for a one-hour flight in an unprecedented achievement for Bahraini women.
HRH the Prime Minister was keen to follow the event from take-off to landing. He described it as a unique event and a remarkable accomplishment that embodies determination and the spirit of defiance of Bahraini women. It also reflects resolve to serve the nation and defend it in the most difficult areas.
Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) Commander-in-Chief Field Marshal Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, who attended the event, said Shaikha Aisha had made history in the Royal Bahrain Air Force (RBAF).
HRH the Prime Minister congratulated Shaikha Aisha on the success of her first flight in a military plane, taking pride in her being the first Bahraini woman to fly a military plane in the history of RBAF. He lauded her strong determination to enter this tough field and become the first Bahraini woman to pilot a warplane after successfully completing training in military aviation and graduating from the reputed British Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
HRH the Premier praised BDF as a national edifice that is constantly bringing about multiple achievements thanks to royal support. He pointed out development of BDF in all fields, including RBAF which, he said, has become a source of pride with its competencies and successful regional participations. He affirmed that becoming part of BDF is an honour for every citizen, pointing out the role of the BDF personnel in protecting the nation and maintaining its security and stability. He also underlined the BDF’s key role in defending Arab rights and stopping interference in its affairs, protecting legitimacy and promoting regional security and stability.
Shaikha Aisha expressed heartfelt thanks and gratitude to HRH the Premier for his unlimited support, pledging to exert more efforts to serve the nation under the leadership of His Majesty King Hamad. She described her unprecedented achievement was a dividend of the motivating climate provided by the government for Bahraini women to take part and stand out in various domains of national work.
HRH the Prime Minister received a book from RBAF Commander Air Vice-Marshal Shaikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Khalifa documenting RBAF history and the pioneering role of HM the King in upgrading its system.