China-Woman Pilot

82-year-old woman pilot back to sky again after 30 years

  • English

Shotlist


Beijing, China - May 28, 2019 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
1. Airport building
2. Plane taxiing
3. Trainer talking with Miao Xiaohong, retired pilot
4. Miao saying "Definitely make it" with thumb-ups
5. Miao on driver's seat
6. Miao closing door of plane
7. Plane

Beijing, China - June 7, 2019 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
8. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Miao Xiaohong, retired pilot (starting with shot 6-7):
"I was not nervous at all. I talked with my trainer about how to cope with such emergencies as engine failure and where to force land. With these preparations, I felt very confident."

Beijing, China - May 28, 2019 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
9. Aircraft propeller spinning
10. Various of plane moving; taking off
11. Various of Miao flying plane
12. Trees, land seen from plane

Beijing, China - June 7, 2019 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
13. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Miao Xiaohong, retired pilot (stating with shot 12/partially overlaid with shot 14):
"When I was up in the sky, everything was calm, with beautiful rivers and mountains below and a blue sky ahead. I found it extremely free and cheerful to see the infinite and boundless sky. I could not but think about the motherland and went even so far as to shout: 'Your daughter has come up here again, the motherland. The 82-year-old Miao Xiaohong is up here again."

Beijing, China - May 28, 2019 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
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14. Miao flying plane with trainer
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15. Various of plane landing
16. Miao cheering, hugging with others
17. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Miao Xiaohong, retired pilot:
"I've made it. We've made it. I felt extremely robust in the entire process of taking off and landing. My heart beat normally. I'm competent to fly. We are all competent to fly. That's great."

Beijing, China - June 7, 2019 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
18. Various of Miao reading newspaper
19. SOUNDBTIE (Chinese) Miao Xiaohong, retired pilot (starting with shot 18):
"The 81-year-old American woman pilot can perform aerobatics and won the championship. I feel some kind of enthusiasm welling up in my mind. I asked myself an 81-year-old American woman could fly, why not me."
20. Miao, her husband He Xiaoming, reading
21. SOUNDBTIE (Chinese) Miao Xiaohong, retired pilot (starting with shot 20/partially overlaid with shot 22):
"This is in her bucketlist. Some people was unable to understand this. She wanted to have a try again in the sky. She refused to yield at such advanced age. She wanted to challenge herself, transcending ego. I couldn’t stop her. Rather, I should support her in making her dream come true."

FILE: China - Exact Location and Date Unknown (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
++SHOT OVERLAYING SOUNDBITE++
22. Old photo of Miao Xiaohong
++SHOT OVERLAYING SOUNDBITE++
23. Various of Miao Xiaohong, other female soldiers during training
24. Various of Miao Xiaohong, other female soldiers flying plane
25. Female soldier talking through microphone
26. Plane landing
27. Miao Xiaohong's photo

Beijing, China - June 7, 2019 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
28. Books written by Miao Xiaohong
29. Various of Miao using computer
30. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Miao Xiaohong, retired pilot (ending with shot 31):
"To be honest, why should I fly this time? I just want to encourage our young people. You are in such a happy era. Join in the air force and show the women's talents in the blue sky. You will do much better than me, an 82-year-old granny. Serving the country in the sky freely is really something that is rejoicing."

Beijing, China - May 28, 2019 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
31.Various of Miao flying plane
32. Miao, other people singing
33. Various of photos of Miao in pilot's cabin

Storyline


An octogenarian woman pilot took to the sky again after leaving the profession for more than 30 years.

It is Miao Xiaohong, 82, who piloted a Tecnam P2010 and took off at the Shifosi Airport in Beijing at 09:00 on May 28. She completed a 40 minute-flight, setting a record in China's aviation industry.

Miao, one of China's second batch of women pilots, said confidently "I was not nervous at all. I talked with my trainer about how to cope with such emergencies as engine failure and where to force land. With these preparations, I felt very confident."

She said after completing the flight that "When I was up in the sky, everything was calm, with beautiful rivers and mountains below and a blue sky ahead. I found it extremely free and cheerful to see the infinite and boundless sky. I could not but think about the motherland and went even so far as to shout: 'Your daughter has come up here again, the motherland. The 82-year-old Miao Xiaohong is up here again."

At around 10:00, Miao's plane landed on the runway safely after finishing 40 minutes of flight and completing such maneuvers as climbing and diving.

Alighting from the plane, Miao said excitedly: "I've made it. We've made it. I felt extremely robust in the entire process of taking off and landing. My heart beat normally. I'm competent to fly. We are all competent to fly. That's great."

China started to train its first batch of 14 women pilots in 1951. In 1956, Miao joined the army and won a position in the air force through strict selection procedures and training. She started flying after being graduated from a flight school in 1958.

From 1958 to 1988, Miao flew about 5,000 hours and finished many important missions, including transportation and emergency rescues.

Miao retired in 1989 but her enthusiasm for flying didn't die down. Her fire was refueled after she read the news of an 81-year-old American women pilot won the championship in an air show.

"The 81-year-old American woman pilot can perform aerobatics and won the championship. I feel some kind of enthusiasm welling up in my mind. I asked myself an 81-year-old American woman could fly, why not me," said Miao.

Starting from that time, Miao and her husband collected materials about Chinese and foreign women pilots. At the same time, she took exercises and prepared for her flight.

"This is in her bucketlist. Some people was unable to understand this. She wanted to have a try again in the sky. She refused to yield at such advanced age. She wanted to challenge herself, transcending ego. I couldn’t stop her. Rather, I should support her in making her dream come true," said He Xiaoming, Miao's husband.

Miao's story has gone viral on the internet and she was called a strong-willed granny by Chinese netizens.

"To be honest, why should I fly this time? I just want to encourage our young people. You are in such a happy era. Join in the air force and show the women's talents in the blue sky. You will do much better than me, an 82-year-old granny. Serving the country in the sky freely is really something that is rejoicing," said Miao.

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  • ID : 8112806
  • Published : 2019-06-09 16:42
  • Last Modified : 2019-06-09 16:44:07
  • Location : China
  • Category : society
  • Duration : 4'27
  • Audio Language : Chinese/Nats
  • Source : China Central Television (CCTV)
  • Restrictions : No access Chinese mainland
  • Version : 4

China-Woman Pilot

82-year-old woman pilot back to sky again after 30 years

Dateline : May 28/June 7, 2019

Location : China

Duration : 4'27

  • English


Beijing, China - May 28, 2019 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
1. Airport building
2. Plane taxiing
3. Trainer talking with Miao Xiaohong, retired pilot
4. Miao saying "Definitely make it" with thumb-ups
5. Miao on driver's seat
6. Miao closing door of plane
7. Plane

Beijing, China - June 7, 2019 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
8. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Miao Xiaohong, retired pilot (starting with shot 6-7):
"I was not nervous at all. I talked with my trainer about how to cope with such emergencies as engine failure and where to force land. With these preparations, I felt very confident."

Beijing, China - May 28, 2019 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
9. Aircraft propeller spinning
10. Various of plane moving; taking off
11. Various of Miao flying plane
12. Trees, land seen from plane

Beijing, China - June 7, 2019 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
13. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Miao Xiaohong, retired pilot (stating with shot 12/partially overlaid with shot 14):
"When I was up in the sky, everything was calm, with beautiful rivers and mountains below and a blue sky ahead. I found it extremely free and cheerful to see the infinite and boundless sky. I could not but think about the motherland and went even so far as to shout: 'Your daughter has come up here again, the motherland. The 82-year-old Miao Xiaohong is up here again."

Beijing, China - May 28, 2019 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
++SHOT OVERLAYING SOUNDBITE++
14. Miao flying plane with trainer
++SHOT OVERLAYING SOUNDBITE++
15. Various of plane landing
16. Miao cheering, hugging with others
17. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Miao Xiaohong, retired pilot:
"I've made it. We've made it. I felt extremely robust in the entire process of taking off and landing. My heart beat normally. I'm competent to fly. We are all competent to fly. That's great."

Beijing, China - June 7, 2019 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
18. Various of Miao reading newspaper
19. SOUNDBTIE (Chinese) Miao Xiaohong, retired pilot (starting with shot 18):
"The 81-year-old American woman pilot can perform aerobatics and won the championship. I feel some kind of enthusiasm welling up in my mind. I asked myself an 81-year-old American woman could fly, why not me."
20. Miao, her husband He Xiaoming, reading
21. SOUNDBTIE (Chinese) Miao Xiaohong, retired pilot (starting with shot 20/partially overlaid with shot 22):
"This is in her bucketlist. Some people was unable to understand this. She wanted to have a try again in the sky. She refused to yield at such advanced age. She wanted to challenge herself, transcending ego. I couldn’t stop her. Rather, I should support her in making her dream come true."

FILE: China - Exact Location and Date Unknown (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
++SHOT OVERLAYING SOUNDBITE++
22. Old photo of Miao Xiaohong
++SHOT OVERLAYING SOUNDBITE++
23. Various of Miao Xiaohong, other female soldiers during training
24. Various of Miao Xiaohong, other female soldiers flying plane
25. Female soldier talking through microphone
26. Plane landing
27. Miao Xiaohong's photo

Beijing, China - June 7, 2019 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
28. Books written by Miao Xiaohong
29. Various of Miao using computer
30. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Miao Xiaohong, retired pilot (ending with shot 31):
"To be honest, why should I fly this time? I just want to encourage our young people. You are in such a happy era. Join in the air force and show the women's talents in the blue sky. You will do much better than me, an 82-year-old granny. Serving the country in the sky freely is really something that is rejoicing."

Beijing, China - May 28, 2019 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
31.Various of Miao flying plane
32. Miao, other people singing
33. Various of photos of Miao in pilot's cabin


An octogenarian woman pilot took to the sky again after leaving the profession for more than 30 years.

It is Miao Xiaohong, 82, who piloted a Tecnam P2010 and took off at the Shifosi Airport in Beijing at 09:00 on May 28. She completed a 40 minute-flight, setting a record in China's aviation industry.

Miao, one of China's second batch of women pilots, said confidently "I was not nervous at all. I talked with my trainer about how to cope with such emergencies as engine failure and where to force land. With these preparations, I felt very confident."

She said after completing the flight that "When I was up in the sky, everything was calm, with beautiful rivers and mountains below and a blue sky ahead. I found it extremely free and cheerful to see the infinite and boundless sky. I could not but think about the motherland and went even so far as to shout: 'Your daughter has come up here again, the motherland. The 82-year-old Miao Xiaohong is up here again."

At around 10:00, Miao's plane landed on the runway safely after finishing 40 minutes of flight and completing such maneuvers as climbing and diving.

Alighting from the plane, Miao said excitedly: "I've made it. We've made it. I felt extremely robust in the entire process of taking off and landing. My heart beat normally. I'm competent to fly. We are all competent to fly. That's great."

China started to train its first batch of 14 women pilots in 1951. In 1956, Miao joined the army and won a position in the air force through strict selection procedures and training. She started flying after being graduated from a flight school in 1958.

From 1958 to 1988, Miao flew about 5,000 hours and finished many important missions, including transportation and emergency rescues.

Miao retired in 1989 but her enthusiasm for flying didn't die down. Her fire was refueled after she read the news of an 81-year-old American women pilot won the championship in an air show.

"The 81-year-old American woman pilot can perform aerobatics and won the championship. I feel some kind of enthusiasm welling up in my mind. I asked myself an 81-year-old American woman could fly, why not me," said Miao.

Starting from that time, Miao and her husband collected materials about Chinese and foreign women pilots. At the same time, she took exercises and prepared for her flight.

"This is in her bucketlist. Some people was unable to understand this. She wanted to have a try again in the sky. She refused to yield at such advanced age. She wanted to challenge herself, transcending ego. I couldn’t stop her. Rather, I should support her in making her dream come true," said He Xiaoming, Miao's husband.

Miao's story has gone viral on the internet and she was called a strong-willed granny by Chinese netizens.

"To be honest, why should I fly this time? I just want to encourage our young people. You are in such a happy era. Join in the air force and show the women's talents in the blue sky. You will do much better than me, an 82-year-old granny. Serving the country in the sky freely is really something that is rejoicing," said Miao.

ID : 8112806

Published : 2019-06-09 16:42

Last Modified : 2019-06-09 16:44:07

Source : China Central Television (CCTV)

Restrictions : No access Chinese mainland

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