Philippine Air Force (PAF) pilot Second Lieutenant Catherine Mae Gonzales was recently selected for the Aviation Leadership Program (ALP), the United States Embassy in Manila said. Gonzales is the first female Filipino air force pilot to undergo the said program.
ALP is a United States Air Force scholarship program which provides undergraduate pilot training to select officers from other nations’ air forces.
Second Lieutenant Gonzales was among the top ten members of her graduating class at the Philippine Military Academy. She will attend the program from February 2018 to May 2019.
“During the program, she will receive 164 hours of flight training in the T-6A Texan II aircraft, as well as 239 hours of flight operations ground training. Gonzales says she is excited to learn how to fly a new aircraft, as well as to experience American culture,” the US Embassy said.
The US Embassy said the ALP is designed to build relationships between future leaders of the United States Air Force and other participating air forces, as well as increase overall cooperation and partnership between countries.