Creating history Defence Minister Manohar Parrrikar has formally commissioned three women fighter pilots along with flight cadets of various branches of the Indian Air Force at the Air Force Academy in Dundigal in Hyderabad’s outskirts today.
The three women fighter pilots are- Avani Chaturvedi of Madhya Pradesh, Mohana Singh of Rajasthan and Bhawana Kanth of Bihar, all in their early-20s.
Each of the cadet has cleared the first stage of training and has about 150 hours of flying.
The women, who broke the barriers to etch their names in the history of Indian Air Force, will get to fly fighter jets like Sukhoi and Tejas next year after completion of stage-III training at Bidar in Karnataka.
Avani Chaturvedi, hailing from Satna, Madhya Pradesh, comes from a family of army officers. She was inspired by her brother who is also in the army.
She always wanted to fly and joined the flying club of her college.
Bhawana Kanth hails 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.
Daughter of an officer in the Indian Oil Corporation, she set the goal of becoming a fighter pilot and serve the nation.
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. .