Aero India 2019: Women pilots take to the skies, thrill crowds with their skills

ZeeBiz WebTeam | Feb 25, 2019, 03:54 PM IST

Women pilots flew high in the skies above the Yelahanka air base, as part of `Women`s Day` celebrated in Bengaluru on Saturday at the recently concluded Aero India air show.  Women achievers in the defence and aerospace sector were also felicitated at the expo. The 12th edition of the biennial five-day air show, which started on February 20, ended on Sunday.


All-women crews flew the advanced jet trainer Hawk-i, single-engine turbine-driven chopper Chetak, Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH Dhruv) as part of the Sarang aerobatic team and the twin-turboprop utility aircraft Dornier-228 as part of the air display.  Image source:


One of India`s first three women fighter pilots, Mohana Singh, flew a Hawk-i at the air show, while the Chetak was flown by Flight Lieutenants Amardeep Kaur, Sindhu Reddy and Second Lieutenant Khushboo Gupta.  Image source:


India's ace badminton player P.V. Sindhu also took to the sky by co-piloting homegrown fighter jet, Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas of the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL).   Image source:


The aerobatic team of Sarang that comprised four Dhruvs, included one chopper piloted by Second Lieutenant Sneha Kulkarni.  Image source:


Squadron Leaders Kamaljeet Kaur and Shruti Chauhan flew the Dornier aircraft. Image source:


The Air Traffic Control (ATC) of the Yelahanka air base was also manned by four female officers on the occasion of Women`s Day.  Image source: