NEW DELHI: From the countrys oldest fighter jets to the newest, Flight Lieutenant Shivangi Singh is getting set to graduate to flying the omni-role Rafale after becoming fully-operational on the ageing MiG-21 Bison.
Flt Lt Singh, who hails from Varanasi, will formally join the 17 Golden Arrows Squadron of the 4.5-generation Rafales at the Ambala airbase after she finishes her “conversion training”, which is required when a combat pilot switches from one fighter to another.
But it should be a breeze for Flt Lt Singh after flying the highly-demanding and ageing MiG-21s, which have virtually the highest landing and take-off speed in the world at 340 kmph.
Flt Lt Singh, who studied at the Banaras Hindu University, was among the second batch of women fighter pilots who were commissioned in 2017. IAF currently has 10 women fighter pilots, who have undergone the arduous training to fly supersonic jets. It takes around Rs 15 crore to train a single fighter pilot.
Flt Lt Singh was previously deployed at a forward fighter base in Rajasthan, where she has flown along with Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was taken captive for a few days last year after his MiG-21 was shot down during an aerial skirmish witRead More – Source