The first three female Fighter Pilots of
Indian Air Force are; Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth, and Mohana Singh. These three girls are inducted the first batch of Women Fighter Jet Pilot in the year June 2016.
In October 2015, the government, the then Defence Minister
Manohar Parrikar, and Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, jointly took the decision to introduce the stream for women as a Fighter Pilot
on an experimental basis. And these three girls prove themselves under rigorous training of
and after Stage-III training all three girls became full-fledged fighter pilot by mid-2017. All three girls are in their early 20s.
The trio was trained on the Pilatus, Kiran, and Hawk Aircraft and later was posted for further training to their respective squadrons.
is the first women among these three girls. She hails from Rewa,
. She completed her training at Hyderabad Air Force Academy. On February 19, she became the first women pilot to fly a solo sortie of 30 minutes on a MiG-21 Bison in Jamnagar. She is first, who silently shattered the concept of gender division after flying solo a supersonic jet fighter and interceptor aircraft.
. She chooses her career as an Air Force Pilot instead of a 10-6 job in
Tata Consultancy Services
. And made to the India Air Force after passing the stressful training sessions. She trained for flying MiG-21. And simultaneously she became the second women pilot to fly the fighter aircraft solo from Ambala Air Force Station.
, she was the third generation of the family who too forward the legacy of her grandfather and father. As she grew up under this
and is very much fascinated about it. She applied for AFCAT to enter the Indian Air Force and tried her hand five times, and ultimately she succeeded. As she remembers, how proud his grandfather was after seeing her in the uniform and became an example for all the girls of India.