Mohana Singh becomes first woman fighter pilot

Mohana Singh becomes first woman fighter pilot

Agency News

New Delhi, June 1: Indian Air Force (IAF) officer Flt Lt Mohana Singh has become the first woman fighter pilot to be fully operational by day on the Hawk advanced jet aircraft as she landed after a grueling 4 aircraft combat sortie at Air Force station in Kalaikunda of West Bengal, which was the last syllabus sortie.

Her training 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 also participated in various Air Force Level flying exercises, an IAF spokesperson said.

She has a total of over 500 hrs of incident free flying of which 380 hrs are on the Hawk Mk 132 jet. She, along with two other girls- Bhawana Kanth and Avani Chaturvadi- joined the fighter stream in June 2016.