For close to 35 years, being a combat pilot in the Ghana Air Force has been a ‘no go’ area for ambitious young women who had the desire to ply their trade in that sector of the Ghana Armed Forces.
A female pilot, Selase Yayra Agbenyefia was hailed by President John Mahama after bringing down safely a Ghana Airforce MH-17 helicopter which made a precautionary landing at Apatrampa, a suburb of Kumasi on Friday 9 July, 2015.
Squadron Leader Selase Yayra Agbenyefia, is the first female military helicopter pilot not only in Ghana but in the West Africa sub-region in 48 years.
She was adjudged the best cadet in Rotary Wing as well as in Academics and was commissioned into the Ghana Air Force in December 2001
Agbenyefia is the first military female pilot to have served with the United Nations when she served as a crew member with the Ghana Aviation Unit in La Cote D’lvoire from 2006 to 2010.
She is currently the Flight Commander of the No. 3 Helicopter Squadron of the Ghana Air Force
Due to the bad weather, the helicopter MH-17 helicopter in which the first couple was travelling was forced to make a “precautionary” landing.
President Mahama in a tweet congratulated her, the Ghana Armed Forces and said "I feel great pride for our armed forces. Great intuition shown by our heli pilots. I feel so proud. And at the controls was a woman."