Why is this important? What is the hype about you may ask but you should know the glass ceiling has been broken without making it about feminism, women have epitomized being women and presented before the world the true face of women empowerment. Indian Air force has seen exponential growth rate in the number of female applicant as compared to yesteryears. Earlier entries in Indian Army or Indian Navy has been higher as compared to Indian Air force. Here, you will have to understand modern air combat involves management of aircraft systems and in this digital age, one may not even see the enemy in the air before shooting him or her down with beyond visual range missiles. Fighter pilots need to be physically and mentally fit to withstand high ‘G’ forces while manoeuvering and be skillful enough to get into a position of advantage to shoot down the enemy in the event of a situation of close combat. They should manoeuvre in such a manner that they should avoid getting into a situation, which needs the use of their superior skills to come out of. These activities are gender neutral in nature and it should not be a challenge for women. In the final analysis, it is really not a contest of skills between male and female fighter jockeys as female pilots flying transport and helicopters in the IAF have adequately proved their mettle and in no way are they less competent than their male counterparts.
The induction of women into the IAF has enabled to double the base from which the officer cadre of the IAF is selected.
Introducing some of the serving Women officers in Indian Air force which are utilizing all the opportunities to best of their abilities and making us all proud as nation which has a tradition of women fighting to defend its safety honor and sovereignty. be it Rani Lakshmi Bai or Auni Chaturvedi and many other such brave women. Please ask your daughters to know about these women.
Avani Chaturvedi Flew MiG-21 Solo
Avni Chaturvedi is India’s first female fighter pilot who flew Mig-21 Solo. She hails from Rewa district Madhya Pradesh. She was declared as the first woman combat pilot along with two of her cohorts, Mohana Singh Jitarwal, and Bhawana Kanth. Her father, Dinkar Chaturvedi, is an superintending engineer in Water Resource Department of Madhya Pradesh government and her mother is a home maker. She completed her schooling from Deolond, a small town in Shahdol district of Madhya Pradesh. Completing her Bachelors in Technology from Banasthali University, Rajasthan in 2014, she passed the AFCAT and further was recommended by AFSB.
Bhawana Kanth: Second Indian Woman To Fly Aircraft Solo
Fight Lieutenant Bhawana Kanth has become the first woman pilot of the Indian Air Force to qualify to undertake combat missions on a fighter jet. She is also the 2nd woman to fly fighter aircraft solo. She hails from Darbhanga in Bihar. Kanth had revealed how flying “like a free bird” had always been a childhood dream for her. Her father Tej Narayan Kanth is an electrical engineer in Indian Oil Corporation and mother Radha Kanth is a home maker. While growing up, Kanth was fond of sports like Kho Kho, Badminton, swimming and painting. Kanth completed her schooling from DAV Public School in Barauni Refinery. She prepared for engineering entrance examinations in Kota, Rajasthan. Kanth joined Bachelor of Engineering in Medical Electronics from BMS College of Engineering, Bengaluru for further studies. She graduated in 2014 and was recruited for IT giant Tata Consultancy Services. She took the Air Force Common Admission Test and was selected to be commissioned into the Air Force. As a part of her Stage 1 training, she joined the fighter stream.
Mohana Singh: She Flew The Hawk Jets
Flight Lieutenant Mohana Singh was one of India’s first women to pilot missions on the Hawk advanced Jet Aircraft during the daytime.Both air to air and air to combat missions were included in her training. She had also undertaken a number of practice missions which involved firing of rockets, guns and dropping high calibre bombs. Additionally, she also participated in many Air Force level exercises.Mohana Singh hails from Agra UttarPradesh. completed her schooling from The Air Force School, New Delhi and BTech in Electronics & Communication from Global Institute of Management and Emerging Technologies, Amritsar, Punjab. Her father Pratap Singh is a serving Indian Air Force personnel and mother Manju Singh is a teacher.
Minty Agarwal: Honoured With Yudh Seva Medal
She is the first female Yudh Seva Medal awardee in the history of Indian Military.After five of India’s IAF Mirage-2000 aircrafts bombed a JeM terrorist training camp in Balakot on February 26, Pakistan Air Force had attempted a retaliatory soon after. Airspace invasion usually means a full scale war. Had it not been for our brave armed force personnel situation could have been different.Sq Ld Minty was part of the team of seven flight controllers on duty that morning on February 27. She became wary of the Pakistan Air Force attack and controlled the interception package launched to stop Pakistan’s fighter jets, successfully preventing an Indian Air Force loss.
As reported, when around 20 PAF jets were attacking India she guided Wg Cd Abhinandan from control room, provided the air situation.
Squadron Leader Khushboo Gupta first to land at Siachen forward base
Khushboo Gupta is the first woman helicopter pilot to land at forward posts on the Siachen glacier. She was commissioned in the year 2007 and flies Chetak – Cheetah class of helicopters, they are single engine helicopters. She was posted to the most prestigious unit, single engine aircraft unit of the Indian Air Force, 114 helicopter unit which operates in the highest battlefield in the world. She was the owner of the coveted glacier qualified captain batch landed in the Siachen glacier and the highest helipads of the world.
Shaliza Dhami: First Woman Flight Commander
Wing Commander Shaliza Dhami, became the country’s first-ever women Flight Commander of a flying unit. She has been serving in the IAF for the past 15 years. An expert at flying choppers, Dhami became the first woman flying instructor of the Air Force and is also the first woman officer to get a permanent commission of the flying branch.Ludhiana-born Dhami dreamt of being a pilot since she was in the ninth grade. She took her first solo flight in 2003 in Hyderabad, on the HPT-32 Deepak, a basic trainer aircraft, and by 2017, she had clocked over 2,300 hours in the air.
Shivangi Singh: First Woman Pilot To fly Rafale fighter jets
Popularly being called as ‘Varanasi girl’ is the first fighter pilot from Varanasi and first in the country to fly Rafael. Her father owns a tour and travel business while mother is a teacher. AN Ex NCC cadet she always wanted to be a fighter pilot. was commissioned into the IAF in 2017 as part of the second batch of women fighter pilots. Currently, Singh is undergoing rigorous conversion training to fly IAF’s newest fighter based in Ambala, also known as “Golden Arrows.” which is also rumored to be of unit of Wg Cdr Abhinandan.