Nigerian Air Force Immortalizes Late Tolulope Arotile


The Nigerian Air Force has immortalized late Tolulope Arotile, first Nigeran female helicopter combatant pilot by renaming a remodelled Pilots Crew Room at the 115 Special Operations Group in Port Harcourt, after her.

This was announced by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar at the inauguration of the accommodation block at the NAF base in Port Harcourt. He said, “The late Flying Officer, Tolulope Arotile, who was the first female combat helicopter pilot in the history of the Nigeria Air Force, died on July 14, at the age of 24.

“It is with mixed feelings that we are having the pilot crew room here at the Nigeria Air Force’s home of combat helicopters, named in her honour. The immortalisation of Arotile is also significant such that it addresses another area of our policy thrust of assuring our personnel that their sacrifices will never be in vain.”

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