Flying cadets Bhavana Kant, Mohana Singh and Avani Chaturvedi created history on
Saturday by becoming the first three women fighter pilots to be inducted in the Indian Air Force.
The three women who were undergoing training at Air Force Academy near Hyderabad are the first batch of female pilots to be inducted in an IAF fighter squadron.
The three women fighter pilots will go to Bidar in Karnataka for the third stage of their training on Hawk Advanced Jet fighter following which they will be assigned their squadrons.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar reviewed the Passing Out Parade and confered President’s Commission to 129 graduating trainees of various branches the including 22 women cadets in a graduation ceremony in Hakimpet near Hyderabad.
The graduation parade, which will be held as part of successful completion of the pre-commissioning training by the flight cadets of various branches of Indian Air Force will be a landmark event in the history of IAF, as the first three women pilots will be commissioned in the fighter stream of the flying branch, a Defence Ministry release said.
The government last year had decided to induct women as fighter pilots in Indian Air Force in a landmark move for the armed forces which had so far dithered over combat role for women.
IAF chief Raha while observing the 83rd aniversary of IAF last year had announced the induction of women in fighter pilot stream.
“We are now planning to induct them into the fighter stream to meet the aspiration of young women of India,” the IAF chief had said.