Mohana Singh became India’s First Woman Fighter Pilot

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Flight Lieutenant Mohana Singh became the first woman fighter pilot of the Indian Air Force to fly by day on a Hawk advanced jet aircraft.

  • She landed after a grueling 4-aircraft combat sortie at Kalaikunda Air Force station in West Bengal.
  • The other women officers – Bhawana Kanth and Avani Chaturvedi – joined the fighter stream in June 2016.
  • Last week, Flight Lt. Bhawana Kanth became the first daytime woman fighter pilot to fly a MiG-21 Bison.
  • She involved flying both air-to-air combat and air-to-ground missions.
  • She has undertaken many practice missions which involved firing of rockets, guns and dropping high caliber bombs and has also participated in various Air Force level flying exercises.
  • She has a total of over 500 hours of incident-free flying of which 380 hours are on the Hawk Mk 132 jet.