In what could be another feather in the cap of Indian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant Mohana Singh acquired the capability to fly the Hawk Aircraft, according to the official announced made in its Twitter handle.
The Indian Air Force has achieved another milestone, as it announced on its official Twitter handle that one of the three woman pilots, Flight Lieutenant Mohana Singh has achieved the capability to fly the Hawk Aircraft. The IAF Tweeted: “#Milestone On May 19, 2019, Flt Lt Mohana Singh became the first IAF woman pilot to become fully operational by day on ‘Hawk’ aircraft. She is one of the three women pilots inducted in the fighter stream of the IAF. #Congratulations.”
Apparently, the lady pilot officer successfully landed at the Air Force station in Kalaikunda in West Bengal, after finishing four-aircraft combat on May 19, 2019. Flt Lt Mohana Singh was inducted along with the other two women pilot officers in the fighter stream three years back. She received both air to air combat and air to ground training, before she undertook the sortie successfully. As per the official statement, Mohana Singh has had several rounds of practice missions that included firing of rockets, guns and dropping high caliber bombs. What is more, the lady pilot officer had also took part in flying exercises at Air Force Level. Overall, Mohana Singh has gained in excess of 500 hours of mishap-free flying and more particularly, around 380 hours were on the Haw Mk 132 jet, noted the statement.
In a related event, PTI reported that on May 22, 2019, another pilot officer, Flight Lieutenant Bhawana Kanth was declared the first woman to qualify for combat missions on a fighter jet, having completed the operational syllabus for carrying out combat missions on Mig-21 Bison Aircraft during day time operation. Along with these two women, Avani Chaturvedi too was commissioned in 2016. As early as February 2018, the latter was declared by the IAF as the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft solo – MiG-21 Bison, the report added.