Air Force Immortalises Late Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile


Nigerian Air Force has immortalised Tolulope Arotile, its first female combat helicopter pilot, who died in a road accident on 14 July.


The spokesman Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said that the newly renovated and remodeled Pilots’ Crew ‘Room’ at the 115 Special Operations Group (115 SOG) Port Harcourt has been renamed after the 24 year-old promising officer.


He said that the the Pilots’ Crew Room  which houses an Operations briefing room, computer room/library, pilots’ life-support room and lounge as well as a kitchen, dining room, changing room for pilots on standby and several rest rooms, was provided to ensure a conducive environment which would enable pilots to more effectively plan and execute assigned missions.


According to the Chief of the Air Staff, CAS, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, immortalizing late Flying Officer Arotile was done, not only to honour her memory but also to inspire young girls in Nigeria to study, work hard and pursue their dreams and legitimate aspirations with pride and honour.


“It is gratifying to note that, since late Tolulope’s demise, many young Nigerian girls have indicated their interest to join the NAF. Besides, no fewer than 12 other female officers, who have undoubtedly been motivated by her inspirational life and the unprecedented and exemplary contributions by other female and male pilots, are currently undergoing flying training, both within and outside the Country, to become NAF pilots”, He said.


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