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Officer becomes second S. Korean woman to fly KF-16 fighter

All Headlines 10:00 December 01, 2009

SEOUL, Dec. 1 (Yonhap) -- A first lieutenant has become South Korea's second-ever woman to take the reins of a KF-16 fighter jet, the Air Force said in a release Tuesday.

Thirty-one women have become Air Force pilots since 2002 when the country lifted its ban on women operating military planes. Thirteen of them are fighter pilots, according to the Air Force.

Kim Hyo-sun, 26, is the newest on the list, becoming the first trainee in two years to receive scores high enough to fly a KF-16, the Air Force said.

South Korea operates about 130 KF-16s, which are modified versions of the F-16 and form the backbone of its air power.

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