NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 25: Flight Lieutenant Shivangi Singh is set to become India’s first woman fighter pilot to fly omnirole Rafale that was formally inducted into the Indian Air Force on September 10.
Singh, who hails from Varanasi, is now being trained to fly IAF’s newest fighter based in Ambala.
The inspiring woman is undergoing conversion training to fly the Rafale jet and will soon join the Ambala-based No. 17 squadron, also known as “Golden Arrows”.
Singh’s dream has always been to “fly free like a bird” ~a dream that inspired her to join the IAF.
She is one of IAF’s 10 women fighter pilots, who joined the Air Force in 2017.
After joining IAF, she has been flying the oldest jet MiG-21 Bison aircraft and recently she started serving at a fighter base in Rajasthan,
As per reports, 10 women have been commissioned as fighter pilots following the experimental scheme for their induction into IAF’s combat stream, introduced in 2015, a watershed moment in the Air Force’s history.
In some good news, women in the military add up to more than 4,000, but combat roles were off limits to them until IAF took the lead in crushing internal resistance to induct them into the fighter stream.
Tanks and combat positions in the infantry are still no-go zones for women, who were allowed to join the armed forces outside the medical stream for the first time in 1992
Navy announced on Monday that warships are no longer a no-go zone for women naval aviators with 2 of them set to become the first women in the navy’s history to operate from flight decks of warships and stay on board the vessels.
Sub Lieutenants Kumudini Tyagi and Riti Singh have been selected for the helicopter stream.
(Courtesy: The Sentinel)