Wednesday, March 09, 2016

India’s First Female Fighter Pilots to Take to the Skies in the Summer

India’s first female fighter pilots will be able to take to the skies this summer, the force’s chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha said Tuesday.

Women have been inducted as pilots in the world’s fourth-largest air force for over two decades, but have so far only found their way in non-combat roles flying transport aircraft and helicopters.

“The floodgates have opened for women to prove their mettle in all streams,” Air Chief Marshal Raha said at an event on International Women’s Day, adding that the first batch of women fighter pilots will be commissioned on June 18.

Avani Chaturvedi, Mohana Singh and Bhawana Kanth, who are currently training at an air force base in the southern Indian state of Telangana, are the three women who will qualify to fly fighter planes this summer. The air force’s fighter jet fleets consist of the Russian Sukhoi Su-30 MKIs, the MiG-21 and 27s and the French Mirage-2000s.

“It’s a dream for everybody to fly. When you walk you only look at the sky, at the birds, and you want to fly,” Ms. Chaturvedi said in an interview with English news channel NDTV. “Flying at the speed of sound, and more than that, is something everyone dreams of,” she added.
09/03/16 Aditi Malhotra/The Wall Street Journal
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