Indian Air Force finally inducts its first woman flight engineer


Bangaluru: Flight Lieutenant Hina Jaiswal has created history by becoming the first Indian Woman Flight Engineer.

Flt Lt Hina Jaiswal, hails from Chandigarh and has completed her Bachelor of Engineering degree from Punjab University. The only daughter of D K Jaiswal and Mrs Anita Jaiswal, Hina describes her achievement as a "dream come true."

Hina served as chief of firing team and battery commander in a frontline Surface to Air Missile squadron, before being selected for the prestigious Flight Engineers' Course. During the course of six months of gruelling training, she trained shoulder to shoulder with her male counterparts, and displayed unflinching commitment, dedication, and perseverance.

In the last few decades, the Indian defence forces have taken long strides to become more gender inclusive. The Indian Air Force since 1993, has commissioned women in the officer cadre and they have also been successfully inducted as pilots in various streams of the IAF. In 2018, the Flight Engineer branch which was exclusively the domain of male air warriors, was opened for women officers.

As a Flight Engineer, Hina would be routinely called upon to operate in demanding and stressful conditions, right from the icy heights of the Siachen Glacier to the seas of the Andamans for which she is excited.

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