Flying officer Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh graduated on Saturday

In PicturesIndias super-women in action IAFs first women pilots are flying highImage By arrangement/ Mohana Singh/ Avani Chaturvedi/ Bhawana Kanth
news Women Fighter Pilots Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 17:42

Bhawana Kanth belongs to Darbhanga (Bihar) and was born and brought up in Refinery Township, Begusarai. She is a B.E. (Medical Electronics) from BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore.

Bhawana Kanth with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar

On reasons for joining the IAF, she says, “It was my dream to fly like a free bird since my childhood which inspired me to join Indian Air Force. After clearing my Stage I training, I got a golden opportunity to opt for the fighter stream, the best and the biggest thing that has happened to me and the best part is, it is just the beginning. It is my aim to become a good fighter pilot and fight for the nation and make my parents proud.”

Avani Chaturvedi was born at Satna (MP).  A B Tech. (Computer Science) from Banasthali University, Jaipur, she joined the IAF because in her own words, “I was inspired by the military life of Army officers in my family and I had a few hours of flying experience in the flying club of my college, which inspired me to join the Indian Air Force.

Her dream is to become a good fighter pilot, on whom seniors can rely on when it comes to flying for live operations. “I want to fly the best fighter aircraft and learn more and more each day,” she says.


Mohana Singh belongs to Jhunjunu, Rajasthan. Love for the armed forces runs in the family as her father is currently a serving IAF officer. She has completed her B. Tech [Electronics & Comm.] from GIMET, Amritsar, affiliated to PTU, Jalandhar.

Avani Chaturvedi, Mohana Singh and Bhawana Kanth

On reasons for joining the IAF, she says, “Joining Indian Air Force for flying was a dream instilled by parents and grandparents. I wanted to carry on the family legacy of serving the nation by being in defence. As a Flt Gunner in Aviation Research Centre, my grandfather used to go to different places, on various missions. I wanted to live the same life. Flying was the best opportunity.”

Mohana Singh and Avani Chaturvedi

She aspires to make her parents proud by becoming a fighter pilot and flying the best of fighter aircraft in the IAF. “I dream of being part of the future combat missions and fight for the nation when duty calls,” she adds.

Mohana Singh, Bhawana Kanth and Avani Chaturvedi with their Families




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