India gets first female Naval pilot

The Indian Navy is welcoming its first female pilot.

She is Sub Lieutenant Shivangi and she’ll be working transport, maritime reconnaissance, rescue missions and medical evacuations.

Sub Lieutenant Shivangi

Sub Lieutenant Shivangi

Shivangi will be taking off and landing from land instead of an aircraft carrier. 

She will fly mission-based flights for six months.  Then aim for the P8I long-range maritime aircraft.

She has wanted to fly since she saw a helicopter in flight as a young girl of 10.

The Indian military has slowly been entering women into their cockpits. 

The Air Force first enlisted women pilots in 2016 and in May 2019, the first woman qualified for fighter jet combat missions.

Two other women are quickly following in Shivangi’s steps. They will become navy pilots at the end of the month.