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To the skies: This is IAF's first All Women Crew to fly a Medium Lift Helicopter

Flight Lieutenant Parul Bhardwaj (Captain), Flying Officer Aman Nidhi (Co-pilot) and Flight Lieutenant Hina Jaiswal (Flight Engineer) have become country’s first ‘All Women Crew’ to fly a Medium Lift Helicopter.

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New Delhi Updated on: May 27, 2019 23:44 IST
First All Women Crew to fly a Medium Lift Helicopter

First All Women Crew to fly a Medium Lift Helicopter

India's tri-services have never failed to impress. And with women at the helm of every sphere in the country now, their feats too are no more a surprise. These women are leading us beyond the skies. 

One such accomplishment is making headlines today. Flight Lieutenant Parul Bhardwaj (Captain), Flying Officer Aman Nidhi (Co-pilot) and Flight Lieutenant Hina Jaiswal (Flight Engineer) have become country’s first ‘All Women Crew’ to fly a Medium Lift Helicopter. 

India Tv - Flight Lieutenant Parul Bhardwaj (Captain), Flying Officer Aman Nidhi (Co-pilot) in the centre, Flight Lieutenant Hina Jaiswal (Flight Engineer), extreme left, and Squadron Leader Richa Adhikari (Engineering Officer) extreme right who became country’s first ‘All Women Crew’ to fly a Mi-17 V5 helicopter in the IAF.

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Flight Lieutenant Parul Bhardwaj (Captain), Flying Officer Aman Nidhi (Co-pilot) in the centre, Flight Lieutenant Hina Jaiswal (Flight Engineer), extreme left, and Squadron Leader Richa Adhikari (Engineering Officer) extreme right who became country’s first ‘All Women Crew’ to fly a Mi-17 V5 helicopter in the IAF.

The ‘All women crew’ flew a Mi-17 V5 helicopter for a Battle Inoculation Training mission taking off and landing from restricted areas at a forward air base in South Western Air Command.

Flt Lt Parul Bhardwaj hails from Mukerian in Punjab and is incidentally also the first woman pilot to fly the Mi-17 V5. On the other hand, Flight Lieutenant Hina Jaiswal from Chandigarh is the first woman flight engineer of the Indian Air Force (IAF). Flying officer Aman Nidhi hails from Ranchi, Jharkhand and is also the first woman IAF pilot from the state.

India Tv - First All Women Crew to fly a Medium Lift Helicopter

First All Women Crew to fly a Medium Lift Helicopter

The pilots had undergone their basic flying training at the Helicopter Training School at Air Force Station Hakimpet followed by advanced training at Air Force Station Yelahanka. The helicopter was certified airworthy by Squadron Leader Richa Adhikari the unit Engineering officer, the release said.

This is yet another achievement of women officers in the IAF, it added. 

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