A Sneak-Peek into Bhawana Kanth’s life, India’s first woman fighter pilot

Some of Bhawana’s pre-fighter pilot moments caught on camera

Bhawana Kanth is among the first three woman fighter pilots of Indian Airforce, and the very first from Bihar.  Kanth along with Avani Chaturvedi and Mohana Singh completed her training and joined the force on June 18.


 

Bhawana’s achievement inspired her siblings to do well. Her younger sister Tanuja Kanth, desires to join the Indian Navy and her brother Nilambar Kanth, wants to try his luck with a Short Service Commission

Being a bright student from start, Bhawana went to Kota in Rajasthan to pursue her intermediate and simultaneously prepare for engineering. Along with studies she enjoyed sports and as a matter of fact, she is quite fond of Kho-Kho and Badminton.

Bhawana along with Mohana Singh and Avani Chaturvedi got formally commissioned by the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in the fighter stream of the flying branch. Each cleared the first stage of training and had about 150 hours of flying. The glorious event took place at the Air Force Academy in Dundigal which is near Hyderabad.

What earlier seemed to be ‘definitely male’, no longer remains so. Bhawana on June18, 2016 made it very clear when she got selected as one of three first Indian women fighter pilots.

Parrikar describes the trio’s induction as a “red letter day”. He along his ministry is working towards bringing about “total gender parity” in the armed forces.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar congratulates the country’s first women fighter pilots; Bhavana Kanth, Avani Chaturvedi and Mohana Singh, during their Combined Graduation Parade at Air Force Academy in Dundigal, near Hyderabad.

Training

After a successful training session, women combat pilots will be in the cockpits of frontline fighter jets by June 2017. The Defence Ministry approved of this. Now women will be seen in a strong and authoritative light. 

 

The new female fighter pilots are looking forward to be treated on equal grounds with their mail counterparts.

“I always wanted to be a fighter pilot, but when we joined the option was not there, So when it came to us in December 2015, I knew I was going to grab it with both my hands”. – Kanth

Because of the harsh training regime, Bhawana’s mother feared that how would her daughter cope. Furthermore, the male dominated environment didn’t help. But, it seems, that she got reassurance from the confidence she saw in Bhawana. In conclusion, it turned around rather well and today she is a very happy mother and takes pride in her daughter’s achievement.

 

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