Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh felicitates three women fighter pilots

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, August 12, 2016

Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh today felicitated the three women commissioned as pilots in the fighter stream on June 18, marking a new era of females in combat roles in the Indian Air Force (IAF).
IAF has been inducting women pilots in the flying branch since 1994. Till date, more than 180 women officers have been inducted as pilots in the transport and helicopter streams. Over the years, the women pilots have proved their mettle and have performed at par with their male colleagues, an official press release said.
The IAF recently took a decision to induct women pilots in the fighter stream which is far more strenuous and demanding in nature.
The three women pilots, who were inducted as fighter pilots on successful completion of initial flying training, had competed alongside their male counterparts to be part of the elite fighting force and were selected solely on their capability, it said.
Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh DFC, who was the Chief of the Air Staff during the 1965 conflict with Pakistan, is a living legend and is also the senior most fighter pilot of the IAF. He has been a constant source of inspiration to generations of air-warriors.
An interaction and encouragement from the 'Marshal of The Air Force' will be a matter of great honour for the budding young women fighter pilots and will motivate them to excel in their profession, the release added.