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.

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.

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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.

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.

“She has served as the Chief of firing team and battery commander in a front line Surface to Air Missile squadron, before being selected for the the prestigious Flight Engineers’ Course. She successfully completed the course and earned her Flight Engineer’s wing on 15 February 2019”, IAF told The Times of India.

In 2018, the Flight Engineer branch, which was exclusive for male air warriors, was opened for women officers.

Feature Image Credit: IANS

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