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IAF’s first three women fighter pilots may fly MiG-21 Bisons next month

Bhawana Kath, Avani Chaturvedi and Mohana Singh, the first three women fighter pilots of the Indian Air Force. File

Bhawana Kath, Avani Chaturvedi and Mohana Singh, the first three women fighter pilots of the Indian Air Force. File

The first three women fighter pilots of the country are likely to fly the MiG-21 Bison jets, one of the potent combat aircraft in the IAF’s armoury.

Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh are set to script history next month when they will fly the fighter jets after completing a strenuous training programme within three weeks.

“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 on Sunday.

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

The IAF chief was talking to reporters on the sidelines of an event to celebrate the Air Force Day.

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.

The IAF has selected the next batch of three women trainee pilots for the fighter stream.


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