Two more women fighter pilots in IAF-One from Rajasthan
Another woman from Rajasthan takes to skies as fighter pilot in IAF.
Indian Air Force now has two more women fighter pilots and one of them is from आपणों राजस्थान. Two women fighter pilots were commissioned in the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Saturday during the Combined Graduation Parade of Pilots and Ground Duty Officers at the Air Force Academy in Hyderabad. With the commissioning of Pratibha (Rajgarh,Rajasthan) and Shivangi (Varanasi), the total number of women fighter pilots has gone up to five in the IAF. Pratibha is the second woman from Rajasthan who has been selected for this elite aerial combat role in the IAF. Earlier, in June 2016, Mohana Singh from Jhunjhunu was commissioned as a fighter pilot of IAF.
The two were among 15 women officers who will join the IAF, according to an official statement. The occasion, in all, saw 105 Flight Cadets passing out as Flying Officers of the IAF.
This occasion also marked the passing out of 200th Pilot’s course of Indian Air Force officers, a long way forward since the humble beginning of the training of Indian trainees at Royal Air Force College, Cranwell in Oct 1931. Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff was the Chief Guest of the parade.
As the reviewing officer of the parade, he conferred the ‘President’s Commission’ to the graduating Flight Cadets who successfully completed their basic and professional training. Also present on the occasion was Air Marshal SRK Nair, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C) Training Command, Indian Air Force.
IAF routinely trains members of other services and para-military forces in basic aviation and related courses at Air Force Academy, Dundigal. The day’s event started with a display by the skydiving team of Indian Air Force ‘Akash Ganga’, followed by spectacular synchronised movement of ‘Air Warrior Drill Team’ of the Indian Air Force.
The Air Force Academy (AFA), Dundigal is the premier training establishment which transforms the raw recruits, known as “flight cadets” during their training at Air Force Academy, into elite cadre of officers for the Indian Air Force.
Source : indianexpress
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