After the Government of India unlocks cockpits of IAF fighter jets for women pilots, the door of opportunities and the window of dreams for women opened a little wider comes as real hope. Setting off a gender revolution through the barrel of a gun, the Modi government allowed women for a combative role in all the armed forces in line with global trends and will help the force overcome the shortage of officers in the fighter aircraft stream.
After scripting history in the Indian Air Force for being the first woman, to fly a fighter aircraft MiG-21 bison solo, Avani Chaturvedi will now soon join the newly-inducted Rafale fighter Golden Arrows squadron. The squadron of Golden Arrows of the IAF has many firsts to its credit. IN 1995 it was equipped with the first jet fighter, the legendary De Havill and Vampire.
She was part of a three-member women team commissioned as flying officers in July 2016 as per strategic needs and operational requirements. The other two men pilots were Bhawana Kanth and Mohan Singh. Presently, IAF has 10 women fighter pilots and 18 women navigators. Presently, women pilots flying transport aircraft and helicopters. Of course, it is a welcome move and a progressive step in keeping with the aspirations of Indian women and is in line with contemporary trends in the professional ambiance.
India is a land of brave women warriors like Rani Laxmibai, Razia Sultana, and Begum Hazrat Mahala. They played stellar roles in our independence struggle, a contribution that did not get their due.
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