WOMEN PILOTS ARE INDUCTED IN TO AIR FORCE.
New force in the air
- Flying Officers Mohana Singh, Avani Chaturvedi and Bhawana Kanth were on Saturday commissioned as India’s first women fighter pilots.
- On completion of successful training at the Air Force Academy in Dundigal on the outskirts of Hyderabad, the trio were formally commissioned into the Indian Air Force by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and were the centre of attraction at the Combined Graduation Parade.
- The women will get to fly fighter jets next year after completion of stage-III training at Bidar in Karnataka. The women, who flew the Pilatus and Kiran jet trainers, will now get to train on the Hawk advanced trainer jets for a year before being allowed to fly supersonic warplanes. Report back page