Meet Rafale Squadron’s First Woman Fighter Pilot: Flt Lt Shivangi Singh From Varanasi

Trained alongside Wg Cdr Abhinandan Varthaman and presently flying MigG-21 Bisons, Flt Lt Shivangi Singh is likely to be the first woman pilot of Rafale squadron of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

As a part of the second batch of women fighter pilots, she was commissioned into the IAF in 2017. Presently undergoing ‘conversion training’, Flt Lt Shivangi Singh is expected to become a part of the 17 squadron ‘Golden Arrows’ in Ambala.

A native of Varanasi, she will be arriving in Ambala from a IAF base in Rajasthan where she has flown alongside Wg Cdr Abhinandan Varthaman who brought down Pakistan Air Force’s F-16 and was held captive in Pakistan for over 60 hours.

After she finished schooling, Flt Lt Shivangi Singh studied at Banaras Hindu University (BHU). She was also a part of the 7 UP Air Squadron in the National Cadet Corps. She then proceeded to the Air Force Academy in Hyderabad for training in 2016.

The recent induction of France-made Rafale jets into the IAF is being seen as a gamechanger.  The jets have been inducted at a time when India and China are engaged in a bitter border standoff at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh.

The news of Flt Lt Shivangi Singh’s selection led to a flurry of congratulatory messages on social media with India hailing woman power in combat roles.

Twitter users also called her ‘ a true Amelia Earhart of the 21st Century’.

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