Training over, India’s first 3 women fighter pilots fly MiGs and Hawks


New Delhi: Less than two years after they were commissioned into the Indian Air Force as India’s first women fighter pilots, Flying Officers Bhawana Kanth, Mohana Singh and Avani Chaturvedi have now joined their respective squadrons.

Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi and Flying Officer Bhawana Kanth have been posted to 23 Squadron, Suratgarh (Rajasthan) and 3 Squadron, Ambala (Haryana) respectively.  Both officers are presently being trained to fly the MiG-21 Bison supersonic jet after having completed several stages of fighter aircraft training earlier, according to reports.
The MiG-21 is the oldest frontline combat jet in service with the Indian Air Force, having first entered service in 1964.  Since then, the jet has been regularly upgraded.  The MiG-21 “Bison” being flown by Flying Officers Avani Chaturvedi and Bhawana Kanth is the definitive variant of the legacy fighter and will start being phased out of the IAF from 2019 onwards.

Flying Officer Mohana Singh has been posted as a staff pilot with a Hawk trainer Operational Conversion Unit in Kalaikunda in West Bengal.  She will move to frontline combat jets when an appointment becomes available.

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