Bengaluru, June 15: For Flight Cadet Mohana Singh, the inspiration to join the Indian Air Force (IAF) came from her family. Her father is serving the IAF now and her grandfather was a Flight Gunner in Aviation Research Centre. Mohana's mother is currently a teacher.
In this Part-3 of IAF's first women fighter pilots, OneIndia brings to you Mohana's story.
"My grandfather used to go to different places, on various missions as a Flight Gunner. Joining IAF for flying was a dream instilled by parents and grandparents. I wanted to carry on the family legacy of serving the Nation by being in defence forces. I wanted to live the same life. Flying was the best opportunity," says Mohana.
IAF's Public Relations Officer Wing Commander Anupam Banerjee says Mohana aspired to make her parents proud by becoming a fighter pilot one day.
"She always wanted to fly the best of the fighter aircraft in the IAF. She dreams of being part of the future combat missions and fight for the nation when duty calls for guarding the nation's skies," says Wing Commander Banerjee.
Mohana hails from Jhunjunu in Rajasthan and did her schooling from Air Force School, New Delhi. She completed her B Tech (Electronics & Comm) from GIMET, Amritsar.
She loves singing, sketching abstracts, reading, travelling, photography and cooking.
Recalling her first sector solo sortie in night, on a Kiran aircraft, Mohana says she witnessed lightning from close quarters, frightening her for a moment.
"I immediately initiated rejoin and during descent I encountered clouds. I faced difficulty in discerning between the stars in the dark sky above and the small clusters of light on the dark ground beneath. Soon I realised that I was not able to maintain any connection between instruments and the visual indications of aircraft attitude," recalls Mohana.
She said she recalled what her instructor taught her to 'not to make any unnecessary head movements, switch over to instruments, trusting them.'
"These words echoed in my head, I disregarded the visual indications and continued descent to a lower altitude relying totally on instruments. Once visual with the ground, I got oriented and recovered the aircraft safely," says Mohana.
By OneIndia Defence Bureau