Bihar’s Bhawana Kanth becomes the first combat ready woman pilot of IAF

Another proud moment for the state as Bihar’s daughter, Bhawana Kanth becomes the first Indian female pilot to be eligible to take part in combat.

Woman of the land are marking their excellence in every field and this time it is a woman fighter pilot who is ready to face a war in the country and save the nation. Bhawana Kanth, one of the first woman fighter pilots, now becomes the first woman pilot to be combat ready.

On 22nd May 2019, she became the first woman fighter pilot to be qualified to undertake missions by day on a fighter aircraft. Kanth joined fighter squadron in 2017. She completed her Day Operational syllabus on MiG-21 Bison aircraft on 22 May 2019. MIG 21 Bison is known for the World’s fastest landing and takeoff. This is the aircraft that Wing Commander Abhinandan was flying.


Bhawana was born in a village named Ghanshyam in Darbhanga district of Bihar. She completed her schooling from Barauni, Begusarai in Refinery Township. After that, she moved to Bangalore where she completed her in Aviation from BMS Engineering College, Bangalore. Later, she got selected in Indian Airforce.

In June 2016 she was promoted to the fighter stream of the Air force. Kanth has already marked history by flying MIG 21 on 17th March 2018. Bhawana’s mother Radha Kanth is a housewife and father Tejnarayana Kanth is currently posted in Mathura refinery.

With this accomplishment, Bhawana Kanth becomes totally ready to face war during the day whereas the night training as a fighter pilot is still to come. In the process of training, a candidate is trained to fly the fighter planes first, and then they are taught to use weapons during the flight to train for war. On the first day itself, these both pieces of training are completed and then a fighter pilot is given training of ‘Day Ops’ i.e., the pilot is permitted for day operations. Bhawana has completed her training successfully and is ready to face war as a fighter pilot.

“With her dedication, hard work and perseverance she has become the first woman officer of the IAF to achieve this feat,”

said IAF Spokesperson Group Capt Anupam Banerjee

After her night operational training, Bhawana will be successfully able to handle full day-night operations. Currently, Kanth is in the front line base of Indian Airforce of Nal and is a part of Fighter Squadron-3.

PatnaBeats congratulates Bhawana Kanth for her achievement and wishes that she soon completes her night operational training and make Bihar as well as the whole country proud.

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