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Rajasthan girl flies into record books, gets fighter pilot wings

Rajasthan girl flies
Written by Aditya Tiwari

Mohana Singh, hailing from a small village Khetpura in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan, literally flew into record books when she was cleared for flying military aircraft.

Flying Officers Mohana along with Avani Chaturvedi and Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh on October 7 was commissioned as India’s first three women fighter pilots.

Hyderabad: Women fighter pilots Avani Chaturvedi, Bhavana Kanth and Mohana Singh who were inducted for the first time in the Indian Air Force pose for photograph during their Combined Graduation Parade at Air Force Academy in Hyderabad on on Saturday. PTI Photo(PTI6_18_2016_000085A)

Mohana Singh (L) with Avani Chaturvedi and Bhawana Kanth.

Mohana, whose father Pratap Singh is serving in the IAF while her mother is a teacher by profession, says flying was her dream, instilled by her parents and grandparents. She decided to carry on the family legacy of serving the nation by being in defence forces. She was fascinated by her grandfather Laduram Jat, a Flt Gunner in Aviation Research Centre, who used to go to different places on various missions. He was awarded the Veer Chakra for showing bravery during India-Pakistan war.

Mohana did BTech in electronics and communication engineering from the Global Institute of Management and Emerging Technologies, Amritsar.

“The present consideration is to put them to a MiG-21 Bison squadron. Our opinion is that it will sharpen their skills as the aircraft has more manual features than other sophisticated aircraft,” Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa said.

He indicated that after honing their skills in flying MiG-21 Bisons, the three can fly other jets.

The three were commissioned as flying officers in July last year, less than a year after the government decided to open the fighter stream for women on an experimental basis. Currently, they are flying Hawk advanced jet trainers.

 

 

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