Shaliza Dhami: IAF's First Female Flight Commander Of A Flying Unit

shaliza dhami Iaf first flight commander

Appointment of Wing Commander Shaliza Dhami on August 26 as the first female flight commander of an Indian Air Force operational flying unit.

She has a 9 year old kid. She grew up in Ludhiana, Punjab, and wanted to be a pilot since her high school days.

Wing Commander Dhami has been serving for  15 years now.

Wing Commander Dhami is also the IAF's 1st woman officer to be granted permanent commission for a long tenure. 

Wing Commander Dhami is also the IAF's 1st female Qualified Flying Instructor for chetak helicopters.

Dhami took over the Chetak helicopter unit at the Hindon airbase, Uttar Pradesh. She will be operating a light utility helicopter which can accommodate 6 passengers or a load of 500kg and has a maximum speed of 220km/hour.

Dhami took her first solo flight in 2003 in Hyderabad, on the HPT-32 Deepak, a basic trainer aircraft, and by 2017, she had clocked over 2,300 hours in the air. The same year, she became the IAF's first woman flying instructor of the Indian Air Force.

In May 2019, Flight Lieutenant Bhawana Kanth became the IAF's 1st woman pilot who qualified to undertake combat missions.

Bhawana Kant Iaf first combat mission pilot

IAF Squadron Leader Minty Agarwal became the first woman to receive the Yudh Seva Medal.

Minty agarwal was part of the team that guided Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman during the 2019 Balakot airstrike carried out by the IAF.

Squadron Leader Minty Agarwal awarded Yudh Seva Medal

In 2018, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said that combat roles would "put women at risk and they can't leave behind young children."

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