India’s first female fighter pilots are now gearing up full to go solo in the Mig-21 Bison aircraft in coming months.
The pilots were supposed to fly the Su30mki but just last year Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa said that the female pilots will be posted into MiG-21 Bison squadron because it will sharpen their skills as the aircraft has more manual features than other sophisticated aircraft.
“Avani is already undertaking sorties in a twin-seat MiG-21 Type 69 trainer with a qualified fighter instructor (QFI) at the Suratgarh airbase. Bhawana will follow suit at the Ambala airbase soon. Mohana, in turn, is still with Hawk advanced jet trainers at the Kalaikunda airbase…She will also be posted to an operational squadron in due course,” said a senior officer.
Bhawana Kanth, Mohana Singh and Avani Chaturvedi were commissioned as flying officers into the Air Force in 2016 after passing the Air Force Academy.