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BHAWANA KANTH TO BECOME 1ST WOMAN FIGHTER PILOT AT R-DAY PARADE

BHAWANA KANTH TO BECOME 1ST WOMAN FIGHTER PILOT AT R-DAY PARADE

Context

Flight lieutenant Bhawana Kanth will become the first woman fighter pilot to take part in the Republic Day parade.

Details

  • She will be a part of the Indian Air Force's (IAF's) tableau that will showcase mock-ups of the light combat aircraft, light combat helicopter and the Sukhoi-30 fighter plane.
  • The Republic Day parade this year will feature the newly-acquired Rafale fighter jets, with the IAF’s flypast culminating with the Vertical Charlie formation.
  • Rafale jets will also be part of the Eklavya formation, which include one Rafale jet, two Jaguars and two MiG 29s.
  • A total of 38 IAF aircraft and four planes of the Indian Army will participate in the flypast on 26 January.
  • The flypast will be divided into two blocks – the first is planned along with the parade from 1004 hours to 1020 hours and the second after the parade from 1120 hours to 1145 hours

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