14/04/2015 1:04 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Top Gun: Meet Afghanistan's First Female Air Force Pilot Since The Fall Of Taliban

Afghan air force 2nd Lt. Niloofar Rhmani and Capt. Aaron Marx preflight a Cessna 208 at Kabul International Airport, Afghanistan. On this day, Rhmani became the first woman to fly a fixed wing combat mission. Marx hails from San Antonio, Texas, and is deployed from RAF Mildenhall, England, were he pilots KC-135R Stratotankers. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Ben Bloker)

Niloofar Rahmani is the first female pilot in the Afghani military since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.

23-years-old Rahmani and her family have been forced to move several times after receiving death threats from the Taliban.

Last week, Rahmani and 9 other inspirational women from across the world were awarded the US Secretary of State's International Women of Courage Award 2015.

"Now my goal is to help my country have a bright future and stand up for females. I helped break down the doors for them after me," Rahmani said in a story published on the website of the US Air Forces Central Command.

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