HYDERABAD: History has been created and yet another glass ceiling broken by Indian women as the country got its first women fighter pilots – Bhawana Kanth, Avani Chaturvedi, and Mohana Singh.

As the nation watched, these three women cadets were formally commissioned into the Indian Air Force today by the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar along with flight cadets of various branches of the Indian Air Force at a combined graduation parade at the Air Force Academy, Dundigal in Hyderabad.

Expressing her happiness on being inducted as a fighter pilot, Bhawana said that she is fortunate to be in this position. “These three could have been anyone, we are extremely fortunate to be the chosen ones and its feel great to be a fighter pilot. It was my dream to fly like a free bird since my childhood which inspired me to join Indian Air Force. After clearing my Stage I training, I got golden opportunity to opt for fighter stream, the best and the biggest thing that has happened to me and the best part is, it is just the beginning. It is my aim to become a good fighter pilot and fight for the nation and make my parents proud,” Bhawana added.

Mohana, who became the third generation fighter pilot from her family echoed the sentiments of Bhawana. She said “I aspire to make my parents proud of me by becoming a fighter pilot and fly the bestof the Fighter aircraft in the IAF. I dream of being part of the future combat missions and fight for the nation when duty calls for guarding…

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