Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh on Saturday were commissioned as India’s first three women fighter pilots.
On completion of successful training at the Air Force Academy in Dundigal, the trio were formally commissioned into Indian Air Force by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
Avani Chaturvedi, hailing from Satna, Madhya Pradesh, comes from a family of army officers. 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. Daughter of an officer in the Indian Oil Corporation, opted for fighter stream after successfully completing her stage I training.
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.
— Archana Vijaya (@archanavijaya) June 18, 2016
India,s first women fighter pilots🙏🏻so proud pic.twitter.com/nHTC5mtqJc
— Gautam Gulati (@TheGautamGulati) June 18, 2016
Conquering the sky, breaking all barriers! Congrats to first women fighter pilots in India. Making us all proud👍👍👍 pic.twitter.com/ljJv3GPXD0
— Sharmistha Mukherjee (@Sharmistha_GK) June 18, 2016
Glorious day for India. Our first three Women Fighter Pilots. Salute their parents and teachers and mentors.Jai Hind pic.twitter.com/bVlb7utXAp
— Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) June 18, 2016