The Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Rafale squadron’s first woman fighter pilot is Flight Lieutenant Shivangi Singh
Commissioned into the IAF in 2017 as part of the second batch of women fighter pilots, Varanasi native Flt Lt Shivangi Singh is currently undergoing conversion training and will shortly become a formal part of the 17 Squadron, ‘Golden Arrows’ in Ambala.
Since her commissioning in 2017, Flt Lt Shivangi Singh has been flying MiG-21 Bisons. She arrives in Ambala from a border base in Rajasthan where she has flown alongside one of India’s best known fighter pilots — Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman — who was credited with shooting down a Pakistan Air Force (PAF) fighter on February 27 last year near the LoC before being shot down himself and taken captive.
Flt Lt Shivangi has had aviation dreams from a young age.
IAF currently has 10 women fighter pilots, who have undergone the arduous training to fly supersonic jets. It takes around Rs 15 crore to train a single fighter pilot.
People in social media are overjoyed to heard this news ,here are some of the reactions of netizens
Meet Varanasi’s Flight Lieutenant Shivangi Singh, the IAF Rafale squadron’s 1st woman pilot https://t.co/DMWK6jQQ51
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) September 23, 2020
Proud moment for @IAF_MCC ,for Rajasthan ,for Govt. Engineering College Bikaner..CONGRATES lady officers Pratibha poonia and Shivani singh..Salute to u girls..Thank you for inspiring us pic.twitter.com/WojeHSQYOt
— Aashish Bhargava (@dreamer_aashish) December 18, 2017
Flight Lieutenant Shivani Singh passed out from the Banaras Hindu University and became an household name when she was commissioned into the IAF in 2017 as part of the second batch of women fighter pilotshttps://t.co/Xc43PbzmSp
— SheThePeople (@SheThePeople) September 24, 2020
Flt Lt Shivangi’s conversion training is unique. She will be converting from the IAF’s oldest jet, the MiG-21, to its newest jet, the Rafale
Family of Flight Lieutenant Shivangi Singh, celebrated her achievement at their residence, as she is set to be the first woman fighter pilot in Rafale squadron of Indian Air Force. She is currently undergoing conversion training and will soon be inducted into Golden Arrows squadron. Her father said, “It is a matter of pride for us. She worked hard, we supported her. We are very happy today.”