New Delhi: On the occassion of 73rd Republic Day, nation's first woman Rafale fighter jet pilot Shivangi Singh was seen in the Indian Air Force Tableau at the grand parade at Rajpath.
She is only the second woman fighter jet pilot to be part of the Indian Air Force (IAF) tableau. Last year, Flight Lieutenant Bhawna Kanth became the first female fighter jet pilot to be part of the IAF tableau.
Ms Singh, who is from Varanasi, joined the IAF in 2017 and was commissioned in the IAF's second batch of women fighter pilots. She had been flying MiG-21 Bison aircraft before flying the Rafale. She is part of the IAF's Golden Arrows squadron based out of Ambala in Punjab.
The present NDA government has always been encouraging to women empowerment. The Indian Air Force theme for Republic Day parade was 'Indian Air Force transforming for the future'. Scaled down models of Rafale fighter jet, indigenously developed light combat helicopter (LCH) and 3D surveillance radar Aslesha MK-1 were part of the float.
It also featured a scaled down model of MiG-21 aircraft that played a major role in the 1971 war in which India defeated Pakistan, leading to the creation of Bangladesh, as well as a model of India's first indigenously developed aircraft Gnat.