Indian Air Force all women crew make history, fly a Medium Lift Helicopter for the first time in country

Three women officers of the Indian Air Force on Monday became the nation’s first ‘All Women Crew’ to fly a Medium Lift Helicopter.

They made history as they flew a Mi-17 V5 helicopter for a Battle Inoculation Training mission.

An IAF release said they flew a Mi-17 V5 helicopter for a Battle Inoculation Training mission taking off and landing from restricted areas at a forward airbase in South Western Air Command.

Squadron Leader Richa Adhikari gave the pre-flight certification to the helicopter.

Flt Lt Parul Bhardwaj hails from Mukerian in Punjab and is incidentally also the first woman pilot to fly the Mi-17 V5.

Flying Officer Aman Nidhi hails from Ranchi and is also the first woman IAF pilot from Jharkhand.

Flt Lt Hina Jaiswal hails from Chandigarh and is the first woman Flight Engineer of the Indian Air Force.

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 Sqn Ldr Richa Adhikari the unit Engineering officer.

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