India’s first fighter pilots batch of three female pilots – Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh were inducted in Indian Air Force fighter squadron on Saturday.
On completion of successful training at the Air Force Academy in Dundigal on the outskirts of Hyderabad, the trio women fighter pilots were formally commissioned into Indian Air Force by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. The three women are the first batch of female pilots inducted in an IAF fighter squadron.
Each has cleared the first stage of training and has about 150 hours of flying. After getting their wings tomorrow as flying officers, they will train for six months on the Advanced Jet Fighter. Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha had earlier said that after being commissioned, they would go to the advanced jet training, and later proceed to the regular squads.
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Bhawana Kanth from Darbhanga in Bihar. As a child, she always dreamt of flying planes. She opted for fighter stream after successfully completing her stage I training.
Mohana Singh from Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan boasts of a grandfather who was a Flight Gunner in the Aviation Research Centre and father who is a Warrant Officer in the IAF and is all excited to continue the family legacy of working in the armed forces.
Avani Chaturvedi from Rewa in Madhya Pradesh strongly believes in gender equality. When asked asked about the challenges they might face as women pilots she says it’s no different being a woman fighter pilot.
Bhawana Kath, Avani Chaturvedi and Mohana Singh will now undergo training for six months.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday congratulated the freshly commissioned pilots.
“It is a matter of immense pride & joy to see the first batch of women fighter pilots being inducted in our Air Force. More power to them,” the Prime Minister said in a tweet.
Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha had announced on the occasion of International Women’s Day that the nation will see its first batch of female fighter pilots on June 18. The Army and Navy, however, have yet to induct women in combat roles. The Air Force currently has 94 women pilots flying its helicopters and transport aircraft.