Flying officer Bhawana Kanth recently became the second woman pilot to fly a fighter aircraft solo, reported ANI. The first woman to achieve the feat is Avani Chaturvedi.
Flying officer Bhawana Kanth became the second woman pilot of Indian Air Force to fly solo in a fighter aircraft after she flew in a MiG 21 Bison aircraft from Ambala Air Force Station at around 2 pm yesterday. pic.twitter.com/3jkKeYHTdU
— ANI (@ANI) March 17, 2018
Congratulations – Fg Offr #BhawanaKanth became the 2nd woman pilot of #IAF to fly solo in fighter aircraft, when she flew in a MiG 21 Bison aircraft, AFS Ambala, 16Mar18. The sortie was flown for about 30 mins. The first woman pilot to go solo was Fg Offr #AvaniChaturvedi. pic.twitter.com/bl7AiO2D2O
— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) March 17, 2018
Kanth, Avani Chaturvedi and Mohana Singh, broke through glass ceiling to be India’s first women fighter pilots. The historic event took place on June 18, 2016. After the Defence Ministry’s ground-breaking decision of inducting women in the combat stream, the three women were commissioned as India’s first women fighter pilots squadron.
— Rajesh Singh Yadav (@R_S_Yadava) March 19, 2018
Kanth flew in MiG-21 “Bison” from Ambala Air Force Station at around 2pm on Friday (March 16). She flew the aircraft which has virtually the highest landing and take-off speed in the world — 340 kmph.
Kanth hails from Darbhanga in Bihar. She revealed how flying “like a free bird” had always been a childhood dream for her. When she finally got the opportunity to fly high in 2016, there was no second thought in joining the IAF, TOI reported.
Congrats to Air Force’s woman combat pilot, Flying Officer Bhawana Kanth for flying her maiden solo sortie in a fighter aircraft from the country’s oldest airbase,Ambala. It’s heartening to see young women break the glass ceilings & make a niche for themselves! pic.twitter.com/oLIqv2A4Zp
— Harsimrat Kaur Badal (@HarsimratBadal_) March 18, 2018
She is now second woman only to have created history to do so. On February 21, flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi became the first Indian woman fighter pilot to fly solo.
“When fears are grounded, dreams take flight”.
Congratulations and thank you for making us all so proud!👍 pic.twitter.com/kMy5A3Dl3z
— Nausheen Khan (@DrNausheenKhan) March 19, 2018
In October 2015 when the government took the decision to open the fighter stream for women, the thought of women in combat roles in the army was a mere idea only.
In the navy, combat is still off-limits for women, due to a combination of operational concerns and logistical constraints.
Flying officer #BhawanaKanth became the second woman pilot of Indian Air Force to fly solo in a fighter aircraft after she flew in a MiG 21 Bison aircraft from Ambala Air Force Station🇮🇳💪#NariShakti pic.twitter.com/LyTChrw2SG
— DD News (@DDNewslive) March 18, 2018
Kanth said that being in the fighter stream is the “best and biggest” thing that happened to her
Flying officer #BhawanaKanth became the second woman pilot of Indian Air Force to fly solo in a fighter aircraft after she flew in a MiG 21 Bison aircraft from Ambala Air Force Station🇮🇳💪#NariShakti pic.twitter.com/G970UP6eSJ
— Aviator Anil Chopra (@Chopsyturvey) March 18, 2018
Women like Kanth, Chaturvedi and Singh have proved that sky is the limit when you have the will.
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