A new show — Women Fighter Pilots premieres on August 24 on Discovery Channel and Discovery World HD, at 9 pm. It’s the story of three women —
India’s first generation of female combat aircraft pilots comprising Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh. They are pioneers of our time, fighting the odds and changing mindsets.
The two-part series on Veer by Discovery, India’s leading dedicated military channel on YouTube, will also showcase short stories on Women Fighter Pilots.
Till 2015, the flight cadets of the Air Force Academy were given a choice between three flying streams — Helicopters, Transport and Fighters, the last one being reserved for men. Then, the Indian Air Force made a landmark decision to open the fighter flying programme for its female cadets on an experimental basis for a period of five years. Creating history, the first batch of three women fighter pilots — were inducted in Indian Air Force fighter squadron.
Said Zulfia Waris, vice president - Premium & Digital Networks, Discovery Communications India, “These women fighter pilots have given wings to the ambitions of Indian women who want to don the G-Suit and defend the country as a part of Indian Air Force. We have explored this captivating human story of ambition, of not saying no, in a manner that has not been done before.”
The series captures the emotions of the three pilots, their families, colleagues in their squadron et al to delayer all aspects of their life.