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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

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Cleator Moor link to first woman fighter pilot to fly in Afghanistan

AFGHANISTAN’S first woman aircraft pilot was trained by the American husband of a Cleator Moor girl.

Mandy Marx: Pictured with her husband Aaron and daughter, Ella

Lt Nilofern Rahmani’s dizzy heights achievement made national news at the weekend and is said to have helped blaze a trail for women’s rights in the trouble-torn country.

She owes a lot of her success to the intensive flying tuition she received from Captain Aaron Marx of the United States Air Force.

Aaron’s wife Mandy, née Tynan, was brought up at Queen Street in Cleator Moor, where she was a pupil at St Patrick’s Junior School before attending St Benedict’s at Whitehaven.

She is the youngest daughter of John and Margaret Tynan, who are very proud of the family’s association with the historic event. It has been hailed as an unexpected breakthrough for female rights in Afghanistan where women are largely regarded as second class citizens.

Mandy met her future husband after she went to work on an American air base in the south of England.

Presently she lives in Cambridgeshire with eight-year-old daughter Ella, awaiting Aaron’s return from duty in Afghanistan at the end of the month.

Meanwhile, Lt Rahmani hopes that her achievement will help more women to follow suit in helping

Afghanistan’s armed forces take a lead role in fighting insurgents. In Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, less than two dozen women drive a car which makes Lt Rahmani’s success all the more remarkable.

She will take to the skies as Afghanistan prepares to boost its own military forces which includes the building of a new Air Force virtually from scratch as British and other NATO combat troops prepare to leave at the end of next year.

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I can't believe the wife of a man who helped teach a woman to fly a plane somewhere was from CLEATOR MOOR!!!
I once drove through there.

Posted by Laura on 14 August 2013 at 13:35

Wow what a story, talk about grasping at straws, i once wnet on the same motorway toilet as david beckham he used to play football.

Posted by James O on 13 August 2013 at 10:47

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