Flight Lt Bhawana Kanth becomes first woman fighter pilot to take part in Republic Day parade
In 2009, Flight Lt Bhawana Kanth became the first woman to qualify for combat mission in a fighter jet
She flew her first solo on MiG-21 Bison aircraft in March, 2018
Flight Lt Kanth was one of the first women to be selected for the IAF's fighter stream in 2016
Flight Lieutenant Bhawana Kanth, who had her name etched in the history of India as the first woman to qualify for combat mission in a fighter jet, will add another feather to her cap. She will be the first woman fighter pilot to participate in the Republic Day flypast.
Flight Lt Kanth, along with Mohana Singh and Avani Chaturvedi, was the first woman selected for the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) fighter stream in 2016. Kanth was trained to fly the MiG-21 Bison supersonic jet after having aced several stages of fighter aircraft training. The three women joined their respective squadrons within a time span of two years.
"Marking the dawn of empowered women-led #NewIndia Flt Lt Bhawana Kanth is set to become the first woman fighter pilot to take part in the Republic Day parade. Indeed a proud moment for the entire country!" Health Minister Harsh Vardhan tweeted.
Flight Lt Kanth had achieved milestone in May, 2019 by becoming the first woman to qualify for combat missions on a fighter jet. She completed the operational syllabus on MiG-21 Bison aircraft, and flew her first solo in March, 2018.
In another first, India’s latest fighter jet Rafale will also feature in India’s Republic Day parade, culminating the flypast with a ‘Vertical Charlie’ formation.