Meet Flt Lt Gunjan Saxena First Women Pilot To Enter War Zone
Meet Flt Lt Gunjan Saxena, the first women pilot of Indian Air Force to enter a war zone. Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl. Karan Johar has confirmed the direct-to-digital release of his upcoming production venture. The biopic is based on the life of Indian Air Force pilot Gunjan Saxena who became the first Indian woman pilot to fly in a combat zone during the Kargil war.
All you need to know about Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena :
Flight lieutenant Gunjan Saxena is the first woman Indian Air Force (IAF) officer to enter a war zone. She made history when she flew a Cheetah helicopter in the Kargil war and rescued several soldiers.
Saxena was inspired to join the IAF by her father who served in the Indian Army. When a five-year-old Gunjan saw the cockpit for the first time, she dreamed of flying Indian Airforce fighter jets.
After pursuing her graduation from Hansraj College in New Delhi, Gunjan got the opportunity to join the first batch of female IAF trainee pilots.
While women pilots were not allowed to fly fighter jets owing to extreme mental and physical stress they would have to endure in the combat areas, Gunjan got a chance to fly into the combat zone when war struck in 1999.
Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena, along with Flight Lieutenant Srividya Rajan, flew Cheetah helicopter in the Kargil war zone for casualty evacuation.
Gunjan was later awarded the Shaurya Chakra by the Indian government for her courage and bravery.
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