Sub Lieutenant Shivangi takes a walk about a white Dornier 228 twin-turboprop aircraft of the India Navy during a mandatory pre-flight check. Satisfied with her observation, she climbs into the cockpit of the aircraft used by the Navy for general utility and surveillance operations before she fires up the instrument.
Sub Lt Shivangi, 24, has made history – she is the first woman pilot of the Indian Navy.
She earned her ‘Wings’ at a ceremony at INS Garuda in Kochi on Monday. Trained to fly the Dornier 228 by the Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 550, the oldest such squadron in the Navy, Sub Lt Shivangi said, “I cannot express my happiness in words.”
“My father is a teacher. My grandfather was a farmer. No one in my family has ever joined the defence forces. My parents have always supported me in whatever I wanted to do, whether it was pursuing Mechanical Engineering or joining the Indian Navy,” the pilot told NDTV, sitting inside the cockpit in front of an array of flight instruments.
A proud moment for all of us. The Indian Navy gets its first woman pilot. Sub Lieutenant Shivangi flies Dornier Do-228s. pic.twitter.com/jIMEgOeIMF
— Vishnu Som (@VishnuNDTV) December 2, 2019
Just a few feet away, Sub Lt Shivangi’s parents Haribhushan Singh and Priyanka stood overwhelmed at INS Garuda.
“We come from very humble backgrounds. Our daughter has made us famous. I am very proud…