Pilot trainees pose for photos at the graduation
ceremony at the Third Army Aviation Institute in China, April 2, 2009.
China's first batch of female jet fighter pilots were conferred the rank
of lieutenant on April 2. The 16 pilots, aged 21 to 24, graduated after 44
months of training. They will take part in the National Day parade to be
held in October to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the
People's Republic of China, a military source said.(Xinhua/Tan Chao)