Bengaluru, Feb 15: The IAF inducted Flight Lieutenant Hina Jaiswal from the 112th helicopter unit at the Yelahanka air base in the city's northern suburb as its first woman flight engineer, said the Defence Ministry on Friday.
"Flight Lieutenant Hina Jaiswal has scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman flight engineer after completing the course at the Yelahanka Air Force Station," said the Ministry in a statement here.
"During the 6-month course, Hina trained with her male counterparts, displaying commitment, dedication and perseverance," said the statement.
Hina, who hails from Chandigarh, graduated in engineering from the Panjab University.
"My achievement as the first woman flight engineer is a dream come true as I had aspired from childhood to wear a soldier's uniform and take to sky as an aviator," said the statement quoting Hina.
Becoming more gender inclusive, the Indian Air Force (IAF) since 1993 has commissioned women in the officer cadre and inducted many of them as pilots to operate military aircraft and choppers.
In 2018, the flight engineer branch, which was the domain of male air warriors, was opened to women officers.