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Flight Lt. Mohana Singh is the first woman fighter pilot to fly Hawk jet

She achieved the feat at the Kalaikunda Air Force Station in West Bengal on Thursday

Press Trust of India  |  Nagpur 

Flt Lt. Mohana Singh
Flt Lt. Mohana Singh

Flight Lieutenant has become the first woman fighter pilot to fly by day a Hawk advanced jet aircraft, a defence release has said.

She achieved the feat at the Kalaikunda Station in on Thursday, it said.

"Flight Lieutenant became the first woman fighter pilot to become fully operational by day on Hawk advanced jet aircraft as she landed after a gruelling 4 aircraft combat sortie at station Kalaikunda, West Bengal, which was the last syllabus sortie, of being fully operational on the Hawk Jets," the release issued on Friday said.

Her training involved flying both air-to-air combat and air-to-ground missions, it added.

She has undertaken many practice missions, which involved firing of rockets, guns and dropping high calibre bombs and also participated in various Level flying exercises, the release said.

She has a total of over 500 hours of incident-free flying, of which 380 hours are on the Hawk Mk 132 jet. She had, along with two other women pilots, and Avani Chaturvadi, joined the fighter stream in June 2016, it said.

A week back, Flight Lieutenant became fully operational by day on Bison, the release added.

First Published: Sat, June 01 2019. 11:25 IST
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