Buoyed by the success of its women officers in scaling Mount Everest, the Indian Air Force has formed a all-woman sky-diving team. The team will showcase its first performance at the 79th anniversary celebrations of the service on October 8.
Significantly, this will be the first all-woman sky-diving team of any defence force in the world.
The team has six members who are training hard for the occasion, top IAF officials said. This team will be there in addition to the ‘Akashganga' sky-diving team, which has been performing for the last several years at both national and international events.
The idea to have such a team was mooted after three women officers scaled the Everest in June, they said.
Flight Lieutenant Nivedita Choudhary, Squadron Leader Nirupama Pandey and Flight Lieutenant Rajika Sharma reached the 8,848-metre summit becoming the first three women IAF officers to have achieved the feat.