1. The Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Rafale squadron’s first woman fighter pilot is Flight Lieutenant Shivangi Singh.
2. Commissioned into the IAF in 2017 as part of the second batch of women fighter pilots, Varanasi native Flt Lt Shivangi Singh is currently undergoing conversion training and will shortly become a formal part of the 17 Squadron, ‘Golden Arrows’ in Ambala, reports India Today.
3. Flt Lt Shivangi’s arrival into the Golden Arrows squadron comes at a particularly significant time given the Rafales are in a high-tempo work up mode to get them fully operationally ready.
4. After the training, she will be converting from the IAF’s oldest jet, the MiG-21, to the newest Rafale.
5. Singh’s coursemate and fellow woman fighter pilot Flt Lt Pratibha is also reportedly flying Su-30 MKI kegs currently.