Meet Two More Women Fighter Pilots of Indian Air Force

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In the Indian Air Force Academy Passing Out Parade on 16th of December 2017, Indian Air Force get two more women fighter pilots. The two women fighter pilots are Pratibha who hails from Rajasthan and Shivani who hails from Varanasi. With this, the total strength of women fighter pilots in Indian Air Force increases to five after Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi, Flying Officer Bhawana Kanth, and Flying Officer Mohana Singh. In the Pictures of Air Force Passing Out Parade, you will see the batch of women cadets leading with male flying cadets.

About Indian Air Force Academy Passing Out Parade 2017

In the Combines Graduation parade of Pilots, total 105 Flight Cadets were commissioned in the Indian Air Force from Air Force Academy, Dundigal. The Passing Out Parade witnessed the 200th Course of the Indian Air Force, a long way from the beginning of officers training at the Royal Air Force College in Cranwell (in Oct 1931).

Total 105 Flying cadets were commissioned from the Passing out parade of 200th Course out of which 15 were women officers. The Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lamba was present at the Passing out Parade, who conferred the “Presidential Commission” to the successful flying cadets who completed their basic and professional course.

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During the Parade, many other IAF Officers were also present. Admiral Sunil Lamba presented the “Chief of Air Staff Sword of Honor” to Flying Officer Karan Pal Singh for standing first on the overall merit list of Pilots. Apart from this, Flying Officer Vishnu Vishal and Flying Officer Mohit Kumar were awarded the President’s Plaque for standing first in the merit list of Navigation and Ground Duty branches.

About Indian Air Force Academy Passing Out Parade 2017

About First 3 Women Fighter Pilots in IAF:

Before the induction of Flying cadet Pratibha and Flying Cadet Shivani in the Indian Air Force, three women fighter pilots made the history by joining the Indian Air Force as the first batch of women fighter pilots. They are:

  • Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi
  • Flying Officer Bhawana Kanth
  • Flying Officer Mohana Singh

About Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi

Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi hails from Rewa district of Madhya Pradesh. She is one of the three women fighter pilots who were in inducted in Indian Air Force. She joined the Indian Air Force first squadron in June 2016.

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Being from a medium class family, she was fascinated with the Amy officers in her family. But as she was the member of flying club of her college, she earned a few hours of flying experience. This inspired her mind to join Indian Air Force. Here are some interesting points about Avani Chaturvedi.

  • Avani Chaturvedi was born on 27 October 1993 to a middle-class family.
  • She did her Graduation from Banasthali University, Rajasthan in 2014 (B.Tech in CSE)
  • Her elder brother is an Officer in Indian Army.
  • She has a few hours of flying experience before joining the Indian Air Force as one of the women fighter pilots.
  • She was commissioned in Indian Air Force in June 2016.
  • After completing Stage-III training of Bidar, she will be able to fly fighter jets like Tejas & Sukhoi.

About Flying Officer Bhawana Kanth

Flying Officer Bhawana Kanth hails from Bihar and was also one of the first three women fighter pilots inducted into the Indian Air Force. She was one of the trio, who joined the first squadron of Indian Air Force. Here are some interesting points about Flying Officer Bhawana Kanth.

  • Bhawana Kanth was born on 1st December 1992.
  • She prepared for the Engineering from Kota, Rajasthan.
  • She was keen to join NDA, but as womens were not allowed to join NDA, she missed the chance.
  • She completed her B.Tech form BMS College of Engineering, Bangaluru.
  • In 2014, she was recruited for TCS.

About Flying Officer Mohana Singh

Flying Officer Mohana Singh hails from Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan. Her father is a warrant officer in Indian Air Force. She was fascinated with her father’s life in the Indian Air Force and was passionate to join the same organization. Here are some interesting facts about Mohana Singh.

  • Mohana was graduated in Electronics Branch from Global Institute of Management and Emerging Technologies, Amritsar.
  • In 2013, she scored 83.7% in her B.Tech.
  • Her grandfather Ladu Ram Jat was awarded the Vir Chakra for his bravery during the 1948 Indo-Pak war.

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