Three make the cut, In­dia set to get its first women fighter pi­lots

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Rahul Singh rahul.singh@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: Three women train­ing at the Air Force Acad­emy near Hyderabad have been found suit­able to fly war­planes, bring­ing them a step closer to be­com­ing In­dia’s first fe­male fighter pi­lots, a top of­fi­cer told HT.

None of them would have dreamed of fly­ing com­bat planes when they joined the acad­emy in Jan­uary as doors to the fighter stream were thrown open to women only two months ago.

A high-pow­ered board of of­fi­cers car­ried out de­tailed as­sess­ment of the fly­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the 125 cadets train­ing at the Dundi­gal-based premier acad­emy and se­lected 45 of them for the fighter stream, in­clud­ing the three women.

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