Hina Jaiswal – first woman flight engineer

Hina Jaiswal, 27 years old created history on 15th February by becoming the 1st female flight engineer to be inducted by the India Air Force (IAF).  She broke the taboo of what until last year was the IAF’s men-only clubs.

She was commissioned in the IAF’s engineering batch in 2015.  Hina Jaiswal completed her course at the IAF Station in Yelahanka.

Highlights :

  • As a Flight Engineer, Hina would be posted to operational helicopter units of the IAF.
  • In the unit, she would be routinely called to operate in demanding and stressful conditions.
  • During the six-month course, Hina trained with her male counterparts, displaying commitment and dedication.

Hina Jaiswal’s achievements :

She has served as Chief of firing team.  Hina Jaiswal has served as a battery commander in a frontline surface to Air missile squadron before selected for the course.

Hina Jaiswal  has achieved the feat of 1st female flight engineer by successfully completing he course at 112 Helicopter unit.

Education – Hira Jaiswal :

Hira Jaiswal did her schooling from Chndigarh.  She completed her B.Tech from Punjab University.

She was the first woman officer in the IAF to apply for the flight engineer’s course when when was posted at Jamnagar.

Hina Jaiswal with her parents

The course includes grueling training.  She displayed unflinching commitment, dedication and perseverance to reach the feat.

Further postings of Hina Jaiswal :

Jaiswal, in her new role, will be posted at IAF’s operation helicopter units. She will serve in “demanding and stressful conditions from the icy heights of the Siachen glacier to the seas of the Andamans. 

A flight engineer is an important part of aircraft’s crew and requires specialized skill set to monitor and operates its complex systems.

Te IAF started commissioning women in the officer cadre in 1993 and now inducts them as pilots in various streams.

The Ministry of Defence has reportedly also dedicated an entire day of Aero India 2019, starting next week, to women in the armed forces. 0U

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