Nilufer Rahmani and became a symbol of hope for millions of Afghan women when brought to light by the press as the first woman pilot since the Afghan Taliban rule and emerged wearing a khaki uniform and combat boots and aviators.
And granted by the US State Department last year's Medal of Courage for women.
But with fame came death threats from the rebels as they suffered from the contempt of her fellow male in the conservative country where many still believe that a woman's place is the home.
Kimberly Motley, Nilufer Rahmani's lawyer said its decision to seek asylum in the United States "was tough and broke her heart."
She added: "Nilufer and her family received threats ruthless confirmed sadly that actually threatened their safety if returned to Afghanistan, said the real treason charge of Afghanistan should be directed to those who threaten her life and that of her family and those who continue to persecute women."