China has released images of the first female pilots for the Chengdu J-10. According to a China Daily report, the five completed their first solo flights in the type in late July. Every now and then China trumpets women in its air force, including its 'beauty pilot' back in 2009.
One of the more enjoyable parts of my daily walk through China's defence web sites is the somewhat eccentric section of the China Defence Mashup web site called 'Girls & Women in Military.' The section features stylish shots of smiling women in uniform, many apparently pulled from movies and TV shows.
At the Zhuhai show this November I'll be keeping a sharp eye out for models in tight-fitting flight suits draped over missiles and bombs (see last picture below). Sigh, the sacrifices I make for the readership of Asian Skies.
Freshly minted J-10 jock