Bhawana Kanth to take part in R-Day flypast, first woman fighter pilot to do so

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Flight Lieutenant Bhawana Kanth will be part of the Republican Flypast Day this year to become the first female fighter pilot to participate in India’s biggest ceremonial event on January 26, officials said on Monday. Kanth is also one of the first female fighter pilots in Indian Air Force (IAF). He, along with Avani Chaturvedi and Mohana Singh, were appointed by IAF as the first female fighter pilot in 2016.


Kanth, who fell to Darbhanga in Bihar, was born and raised in the refinery municipality, Begusarai, where his father worked as an engineer at IOCL. He did a school from the Public School of Baruni and completed a bachelor’s degree in engineering in medical electronics from the BMS College of Engineering in Bengaluru.

He likes to play badminton, volleyball, and adventure and also interested in photography, cooking, swimming and traveling. After cleaning the stage I practiced, he got the chance to choose a fighting stream. Kanth said after his induction at the IAF, remembering his first experience of Solo Spin on the Kiran fighter plane, that when he entered the plane to spin and recover everything at 20,000 feet, hesitant began to crawl into his mind what if the plane did not recover.

“I said to myself that if I didn’t do it now, I would always be afraid of it. I turned the plane and surprised me, the round was more fierce or so was it. But the fighter pilot in me took over and I said to myself coming What would be recovered. And the plane recovered from the round and so did my confidence, “he said.

This year, Rafale Fighter Jet will also participate in the Republican Day Parade for the first time. The Indian Air Force has shot 11 out of 36 Jet Rafale ordered by New Delhi with a cost of ₹ 59,000 crore. Seven more warriors have been submitted to India by Dassault but this is used to train IAF pilots in France. The third batch of three combat jets is scheduled to land on January 27.

Rafales, SU-30S and MIG-29, combat jets which are part of the IAF muscle posture at the Ladakh Theater, will be among 45 aircraft participating in the Republican Flypast Day.

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