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IAF Officer Bhawana Kanth 2nd Indian Woman To Fly Fighter Jet Solo



IAF Officer Bhawana Kanth 2nd Indian Woman To Fly Fighter Jet Solo- Details

Indian Air Force (IAF) Flying Officer, Bhawana Kanth became the 2nd Indian woman to fly a Fighter Jet on 16th March 2018.

Bhawana Kanth in her first solo flight, flew off the fighter jet, named MiG-21 ‘Bison’, at 2:00 PM from Ambala Air Force Station located in Sirsa, Haryana.

MiG-21 ‘Bison’ is a supersonic fighter jet. It can accommodate only one pilot and has virtually the highest landing and take-off speed in the world- 340 kmph.

Bhawana Kanth had also undertaken solo flights with aircraft like Pilatus PC-7 Turboprops, Kiran and Hawk Jet Trainers.

Bhawana Kanth along with two other women pilots namely Ms. Avani Chaturvedi and Ms. Mohana Singh had already achieved the pride of becoming first combat pilots to undergo fighter pilot training in the IAF.

All these three women were commissioned as flying officers into the fighter stream after basic training in June 2016 on "an experimental basis" for five years initially and were moved to MiG-21 Bison squadron.

Earlier on 19th February 2018, IAF Flying Officer, Avani Chaturvedi had created history to fly a ‘MiG-21’ Fighter Jet claiming to become the 1st Indian woman to fly any fighter jet.

IAF Flying Officers Bhawana Kanth and Avani Chaturvedi’s back to back flying feats have brought India to join with the countries like Britain, Pakistan, Israel and the United States where women fly fighter jets.


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