Fight Lt. Mohana Singh: First Woman Pilot to fly Hawk Jet

The Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Flight Lieutenant Mohana Singh became first ever woman pilot to fly by day on Hawk advanced jet aircraft.

About Fight Lt. Mohana Singh

  • To achieve this mile stone of being fully operational on the Hawk Jets she completed an exhausting 4 Aircraft combat sortie (a combat mission of an individual aircraft) and landed at Air Force station, Kalaikunda , West Bengal, which was the last syllabus sortie. She achieved this feat after rigorous training involving Air-to-Ground and Air-to-Air combat missions.
  • Achievements: She has a total 500 hours of incident-free flying out of which 380 hours are on Hawk Mk 132 jet. She has participated in various Air Force level flying exercises and has undertaken many practice missions including firing of guns, rockets and dropping high calibre bombs.


In June 2016 three women officers including Mohana Singh, Bhawana Kanth and Avani Chaturvadi became first batch of women pilots to join fighter stream of Indian Air Force (IAF). Later in early May 2019 Flight Lt Bhawana Kanth also had created history by becoming first daytime woman fighter pilot to fly a MiG-21 Bison.


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