Meet Flying Officer Antara Mehta, First Fighter Pilot From Maharashtra
Flying Officer Antara Mehta, becomes the first women Fighter Pilot from Nagpur at Combined Graduation Parade at Air Force Academy on 20 June 20. She is the only women officer in her batch selected for Fighter Stream. Flying Officer Antara has become the first woman fighter pilot from Maharashtra and tenth overall.
Antara completed her schooling from Mount Carmel High School and got her engineering degree from Sri Ramdeobaba Kamla Nehru College of Engineering. A national-level basketball player, Antra always aspired to join IAF.
She was trained at the Air Force Academy in Hyderabad. She honed her skills flying the Pilatus PC7 and then for stage two at Fighter Training Wing she flew Kiran MK 1 aircraft. A combined passing out parade (with other branches) was held at Hyderabad.
A total of 123 flight cadets were conferred the President’s Commission. Amongst the newly commissioned officers, 61 officers joined the Flying branch with 62 being inducted into Ground Duty Branches of the IAF. This included 19 women officers. Flying Officer Antara’s advanced training will continue at Air Force Station in Bidar and Kalaikonda. She gives the credit of her success to parents Punam and Ravi Mehta and sister Deepshika.
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