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Harita Kaur Deol

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Flt. Lt. Harita Kaur Deol (1972 – 25 December 1996) is a pilot with the Indian Air Force (IAF). She was the first woman pilot to fly solo in the IAF. The flight was on 2 September 1994. She was 22 years old at the time.[1]

Harita is originally from Chandigarh. She joined the Air Force in 1992, when it advertised for the first time 8 jobs for women pilots.

She flew an Avro aircraft. She landed at the Yelahanka Air Force Station, near Bangalore. Two more women, Flight Cadets Archana Kapoor and Bindu Sebastian, did their solo flights on the Avro after Harita.[2]

There had been other female pilots in India before, but Harita was the first time a woman was flying for the Air Force.

She died in a air crash in 1996.[3][4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "All time inspirational women personalities of India: Harita Kaur Deol- First Indian woman airforce pilot". IndiaTV. New Delhi: Independent News Service. 8 March 2013. p. 7.
  2. Soma Basu (4 September 1994). "IAF flies into a new era". SikhWomen.com.
  3. India: A Reference Annual. Publications Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. 1998. p. 686.
  4. "Woman IAF flying cadet killed in trainer crash - Indian Express". May 13, 2008. Retrieved 2014-02-13.