Badminton ace PV Sindhu, astronaut Sunita Williams to take sorties in LCA Tejas on Aero India Women's Day
Aero India Women`s Day is being observed on Saturday at Asia's largest military aviation exhibition in Yelahanka Air Force base, Bengaluru.
BENGALURU: Ace badminton player PV Sindhu and astronaut Sunita Williams are all set to fly the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas on Aero India Women's Day.
Women`s Day, being observed on Saturday at Aero India 2019 – Asia's largest military aviation exhibition at the Yelahanka Air Force base in Bengaluru, will celebrate the contribution of women in aviation.
An all-woman crew will fly few aircraft as part of the air display. According to sources, two IAF fighter pilots will fly Hawk-I advanced jet trainer while another will fly the upgraded version of the MiG-21.
“The spell binding machines & operators of IAF are mesmerising the audience at Aero India 2019. 23th Feb 19, is dedicated to 'Women in Aviation' & IAF is being represented by Women Officers from varied ranks & branches,” tweeted Indian Air Force.
#AeroIndia2019 : The spell binding machines & operators of IAF are mesmerising the audience at Aero India 2019.
23th Feb 19, is dedicated to 'Women in Aviation' & IAF is being represented by Women Officers from varied ranks & branches.#WomeninAviation#AeroIndia pic.twitter.com/yuF8kmnwbb — Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) February 23, 2019
Sindhu confirmed the news of her sortie in Tejas on her official Twitter handle.
Tejas, built by the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), is a single-engine multirole light fighter and the lightest in the world.
The aircraft received its final operational clearance (FOC) on Wednesday from military aviation regulator Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (Cemilac) for induction into the Indian Air Force (IAF) as a weaponised fighter jet in its operational fleet.
On Friday, Aero India held a panel discussion on 'Women in Aviation', hosting of women in defence and related sectors.
“The challenges that women pioneers faced in this niche field was discussed and all the eminent panellists shared their personal experience of converting these challenges into opportunities,” tweeted IAF.
#AeroIndia2019 : A panel discussion on 'Women in Aviation', comprising of women in defence & related sectors was hosted at Aeroindia. IAF was represented by Gp Capt Shakti Sharma & S/L Khushboo Gupta. pic.twitter.com/LOHiyf8oX0 — Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) February 23, 2019
On Saturday's event, several women achievers in the sector will be honoured.
Today at #AeroIndia2019 too going to be exciting. The day is dedicated to women empowerment - #AeroIndiaWomenDay
Here are some major attractions of the day@IAF_MCC @PIB_India @SpokespersonMoD pic.twitter.com/eeiaV1icLm — Aero India 2019 (@AeroIndiashow) February 23, 2019
A book and film on `Women in Aviation` will also be released.