India’s first female fighter pilots pave the way for more women in combat

June 22, 2016

New Delhi: The Indian Air Force (IAF) has recruited its first female fighter pilots, paving the way for more women to be given combat roles as one of the world’s biggest military forces takes steps towards greater gender parity. Flying Officers Mohana Singh, Bhawana Kanth and Avani Chaturvedi received their wings on Saturday when...

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Paucity of pilots triggers aviation war

February 2, 2007

New Delhi: Although Wing Commander Devesh Kakar (name and location changed on request) who handles flight administration at an IAF base in Allahabad, has logged 1,200 hours on an IAF aircraft, some 19 years of incident-free flying, that alone does not guarantee career progression in the steep promotion pyramid of the defense services. Kakar...

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