Open Skies by Niloofar Rahmani is hidden by book fairies at an aircraft hanger

The Book Fairies take to the skies with a book from Afghanistan’s First Pilot!

Book fairies around the states found great spots at which to leave copies of Open Skies by Niloofar Rahmani and Adam Sikes.

Book fairies around the states found airplane related places at which to leave copies of Open Skies by Niloofar Rahmani! Can you see that a fairy even left a copy at Amelia Earhart’s statue? How cool is that?!

This is such a special book for The Book Fairies to be sharing and supporting, and we hope that the lucky finders really enjoy their new read!

About the book:

The true story of Niloofar Rahmani and her determination to become Afghanistan’s first female air force pilot.

In 2010, for the first time since the Soviets, Afghanistan allowed women to join the armed forces, and Niloofar entered Afghanistan’s military academy.  

Niloofar had to break through social barriers to demonstrate confidence, leadership, and decisiveness—essential qualities for a combat pilot. Niloofar performed the first solo flight of her class—ahead of all her male classmates—and in 2013 became Afghanistan’s first female fixed-wing air force pilot.  

The US State Department honored Niloofar with the International Women of Courage Award and brought her to the United States to meet Michelle Obama and fly with the US Navy’s Blue Angels. But when she returned to Kabul, the danger to her and her family had increased significantly. 

Rahmani and her family are portraits of the resiliency of refugees and the accomplishments they can reach when afforded with opportunities.

Not lucky enough to find one?

Do not worry! Open Skies: My Life as Afghanistan’s First Female Pilot is available in all good book stores – just ask them to order it in if they don’t have a copy! Alternatively, you can still support independent book stores by ordering your copy of Open Skies from

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