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Fifteen Russian women will reportedly begin training to become fighter pilots in October.
Russia plans to have female fighter pilots for the first time in the country's modern history.
Russia's Krasnodar military aviation school has taken in women since 2009, but they haven't been allowed to go through pilot training.
State media reports the first group of female pilots — 15 in total — will begin training in October.
In World War II, the Soviet Union had all-female regiments of fighter pilots whom the Nazis called the "Night Witches." Altogether, the female pilots flew in over 20,000 missions.
Russia's defense minister said the recent change came after the military received "hundreds of letters" from women wanting to be pilots.
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