Veena Saharan

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Veena Saharan

Sqn.Ldr. Veena Saharan D/o Col. H.S. Saharan did her B.Sc.from Delhi University and remained topper.She was selected as Pilot in Air Force in dec.2002. she was declared as best Lady pilot officer at the time of passing from Air Force Academy.She flew AN -32 Air craft in Siacheen & eastern sector.Based on her performence,she was selected for IL-76,haviest Air Craft called as 'Gajraj'.She is the first & only lady pilot selected for Gajraj in Air Force in Jan.2009.

Squadron Leader Veena Saharan became the first woman pilot to fly one of the mightiest and heaviest aircraft of the Indian Air Force - the Russian-built Illyushin-76 (IL-76).She will first co-pilot IL-76, renamed by the IAF as Gajraj (Elephant), and after 40 hours of flying she will become the pilot.

Saharan, 27, hails from Jaipur and is a second-generation defence officer. Her father is a colonel in the Indian Army.

She completed her two-month ground training for the aircraft at the Agra air base last month and has now moved on to Nagpur for further training.

After flying IL-76 for 40 hours Saharan will complete her conversion from AN-32 transport aircraft to the largest transport aircraft of the force.

Commissioned in the IAF in December 2002, Saharan’s story is of hard work and sweat. The opportunity to fly IL-76 was always there for the women pilots since their induction into the IAF a decade and a half ago but it is only the best who get a chance. So far Saharan has flown four types of aircraft.

She started with the two-seater HPT-32 aircraft and then moved on to Dornier transport aircraft.She has also flown AN-32.


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