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Bhawana Kanth Scripts History, Becomes The First Female Fighter Pilot Of Indian Air Force

May 24, 2019 | 12:45 IST | Editorial |

In a landmark moment for women in Air Force, Flight Lieutenant Bhawana Kanth has created history by becoming the first woman to qualify for combat missions on a fighter jet.

She has successfully completed the operational syllabus for carrying out combat missions on MiG-21 Bison aircraft, during the day. She is the first women fighter pilot to be qualified to undertake missions by day on a fighter aircraft.

“She is the first woman fighter pilot to be qualified to undertake missions on a fighter aircraft by day. She has been able to achieve this feat with her hard work and perseverance,” Air Force Spokesperson Group Captain Anupam Banerjee was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

Bhavana hails from Barauni in Bihar. She did her schooling in Barauni and completed engineering in Medical Electronics from Bengaluru and was recruited by Tata Consultancy Services in 2014.

Later, she took the UPSC Combined Defence Services competitive examination and was selected to be commissioned into the Air Force.

She flew solo on MiG-21 Bison last year and is now posted at the Nal base in Rajasthan’s Bikaner.

Bhawana who was commissioned into the Indian Air Force as one of the first women fighter pilots in 2016 had joined the fighter squadron in 2017. She flew solo on MiG-21 Bison last year and is now posted at the Nal base in Rajasthan’s Bikaner.