Philippine Air Force introduces first female fighter pilot

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A woman has joined the ranks of fighter pilots in the Philippine Air Force for the first time, the agency announced on Thursday. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 31) — A woman has joined the ranks of fighter pilots in the Philippine Air Force for the first time, the agency announced on Thursday.

First Lieutenant Jul Laiza Mae Camposano-Beran is the air force's first female combat mission-ready pilot and wingman.

Camposano-Beran finished her military pilot training at the Philippine Air Force Flying School in 2017.

She graduated from the Philippine Military Academy as part of the Sinaglahi Class of 2015. A native of Tulunan, Cotabato, Camposano-Beran was also the fifth female recipient of the Athletic Saber Award which recognizes cadets for their athletic ability.