Flight Lieutenant Bhawana Kanth scripted history to became the first woman pilot of Indian Air Force (IAF) to qualify to undertake combat missions by day on a fighter aircraft.
This comes after she completed operational syllabus for carrying out combat missions as a fighter pilot on the MiG-21 Bison aircraft.
She joined the fighter squaedron in November 2017 after graduating from the first batch of women fighter pilot of the India Air Force (IAF).
She flew solo on MiG-21 Bison last year in March 2018 for the first time and became the second woman pilot of the IAF to fly solo. She flew from Ambala Air Force Staion to achieve this feat.
She is now posted at the Nal base in Rajasthan’s Bikaner.
In order to be declared ‘Operational by Day’, a pilot has to complete their syllabus which announces them officially fit to fly during the day.
She will soon be allowed to carry out night operations once her training for night missions is completed.
In less than a year after the government decided to open the fighter stream for women on an experimental basis, three women namely Kanth, Avani Chaturvedi and Mohana Singh were commissioned as flying officers in July 2016.