No sky too high: IAF inducts India's first women fighter jet pilots

| Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 10:36
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New Delhi: India's first ever batch of female pilots were on Friday inducted in an Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter squadron at the Air Force Academy in Hakimpet near Hyderabad.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar was present at the Hakimpet airbase for the passing out parade where he officially announced the induction of three women pilots into the clique of Indian jet fighters.

The three flying cadets Avani Chaturvedi, Mohana Singh and Bhawana Kanth are the first Indian women to be officially assuming the pilot's position in a relatively small fighter jet.

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Albeit women pilots have been effectively inducted as helicopter and transport aircraft pilots since 1991, this decision of induction taken by PM Modi and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar effectively establishes women's position in all branches of the Indian Air Force.

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