India today created history as the defence Minister Manohar Parrikar formally commissioned three women fighter pilots along with flight cadets of various branches of the Indian Air Force at a combined graduation parade at the Air Force Academy in Dundigal.
Flight cadets Avani Chaturvedi of Madhya Pradesh, Mohana Singh of Rajasthan and Bhawana Kanth of Bihar, all in their early-20s, are the first three women of India who will now be allowed to fly the fighter planes for the Indian Air Force. The achievement of the three is a significant milestone for the Indian military, as this is the first time it has permitted women into combat roles. Each has cleared the first stage of training and has about 150 hours of flying. After getting their wings today as flying officers, they will train for six months on the Advanced Jet Fighter – the British-built Hawk – they will be assigned fighters and their squadrons. Air Chief Arup Raha has already said that the woman fighters will get no preference and will be assigned as per requirements of the force.
About The 3 Women Fight Pilots
Avani Chaturvedi hails from Satna, Madhya Pradesh. She was inspired by her brother to join the defense as he himself is in the Indian Army.
Bhawana Kanth hails from Darbhanga in Bihar. She is the daughter of an Officer in the Indian Oil Corporation. She opted for fighter stream after successfully completing her stage I training.
Mohana Singh comes from Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan. Her grandfather was a flight gunner in Aviation Research Centre and father is a warrant officer in the IAF. Mohana is excited to continue the family legacy of serving the nation.