Chandigarh’s Hina Jaiswal Is IAF’s First Indian Woman Flight Engineer
Flight Lieutenant Hina Jaiswal, who hails from Chandigarh, has scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman flight engineer to be inducted by the Indian Air Force. She has completed the Flight Engineers’ course at 112 Helicopter Unit and placed at the Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Bangalore, ANI reported.
“She’s created history,” IAF told the Times of India.
A flight engineer monitors and operates the complex aircraft systems.
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Hina would be posted as a Flight Engineer to operational helicopter units of the IAF. She has to work under stressful conditions, right from the icy heights of the Siachen Glacier to the seas of the Andamans, Business Standard revealed.
Hina completed her Bachelor of Engineering degree from Punjab University. While speaking to ANI about her “dream come true” moment, she further added that since childhood, she had aspired to become a soldier and the uniform gives her the strength. She said she had always wanted to be an aviator.
Indian Air Force inducts Flight Lieutenant Hina Jaiswal as first woman flight engineer. She hails from Chandigarh&has completed her Bachelor of Engineering degree from Panjab University. As a Flight Engineer,she would subsequently be posted to operational helicopter units of IAF. pic.twitter.com/w6qtTyKVgC
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Prior to becoming a Flight Engineer, Hina, on January 5, was commissioned in the engineering branch of the IAF, where she served as the Chief of firing team and battery commander in a frontline Surface to Air Missile squadron. The course of Flight Engineer lasted six months, and she gave tough competition to her male counterparts.
In 2018, the Flight Engineer branch, which was exclusive for male air warriors, was opened for women officers.
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