ONE OF THE FIRST FEMALE FIGHTER PILOTS OF INDIA: BHAWANA KANTH
Along with the two of her companions, Mohana Singh and Avni Chaturvedi, she was selected into the Indian Air Force Fighter Squadron in 2016 by Manohar Parikar
President Ramnath Kovind awarded this brave girl the Nari Shakti Puraskar! Meet Bhawana Kanth, the girl who made the nation proud.
Who said women could not touch the sky? Bhawana has already done it!
She took the solo flight Mig-21 Bison, a supersonic fighter plane from Ambala Air Force Station, in around 1400 hours.
She also flies Hawk advanced jet trainers.
She is now posted to the IAF’s number 3 squadron ‘cobras’ and has been awarded a Nari Shakti Puraskar!
Bhawana had always been aspiring to fly planes since childhood. Moreover, she was fond of sports like kho-kho, swimming, etc.
She completed her primary education at DAV public school in Barauni refinery. Her father, Tej Narayan Kanth, was an electrical engineer, and her mother, Radha Kanth, was a homemaker. Both the parents encouraged her to complete her education in her desired field.
She, too, worked hard and completed her graduation in medical electronics engineering in 2014. She further got recruited for Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).
But she couldn’t let go of her dream of flying planes. She left her secure job at TCS and took the Air Force Common Admission Test to fulfill this dream.
The go-getter Bhawana passed this test too!
She was commissioned into the Indian Air Force. In her stage-1 training, she joined the fighter stream, as it was part of her training.
Her stage-2 training was on Kiran Intermediate Jet Trainers at Hakimpet Air Force Station in Hyderabad. Determined Bhawana did so well in her training that she was commissioned as the flying officer at the Air Force Academy in Dundigal.
She did her first solo spin at the height of 20,000 feet. She was not confident enough. But she knew, that if she doesn’t get hold of her fears now, she will constantly be afraid. this brave girl applied whatever was taught in her training very efficiently. As a result, she could finally control the aircraft.
As the saying goes, ‘feet, what do I need you for, when I have wings to fly?’, every girl has her wings. She needs to have the courage to spread them and fly! When a girl like Bhawana leaves her secure job to chase her dreams, why can’t we?!
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