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Indian Women in Aviation

1930- Mrs. Urmila K. Parekh was the first Indian Women to obtain Pilot's License

1947- First to get Commercial pilot's license and t fly domestic airlines- Prem Mathur

1956- First pilot of Indian Airlines-Durba Banerjee


Launch of IWPA 1967

Chanda Budhabhatti (Chairperson & Founder President), Rabia Futhellay, Mohini Shroff, Dr. Sunila Bhajekar, Mangala Joshi & Kumudini Rawal formed the Indian Women Pilots' Association in 1967.

Achivements by Founder Members

Chanda Budhabhatti (Chairperson of IWPA)became the first India Women to set a speed record for a single Plane.

Rabia Futehally (Founder Member if IWPA) is the first Women to convert her 'A' License to Private Pilots License [the PPL] no.13 in 1963.

Mohini Shroff(Founder Member of IWPA) is the first Lady to participate in the Air-Race India Organized by Aeronautical Society of India in 2003.

Dr. Sunila Bhajekar is one of the founder members of the IWPA She won a DGCA scholarship in 1956 and was the only girl flyer in the Nagpur Flying Club with three other scholarship winners and a whole lot of NCC Air Wing boys.

Mangala Joshi- In 1956, she became the first Indian woman to fly endurance for 2.5 hrs + and gain altitude of 5574ft Later she went up to 10000ft.


Special Commemorative Stamp

Since 1929, Indian Women's contributions in the feild of Avaiation has been outstanding. On the eve of having concluded 50 years of Indian Independence and to honor Indian Women in Aviation, the Government of India released the Special COmmemorative Stamp on October 5, 1998, to honor the date when the Indian Women Pilots' Association held their First Annual General Meeting in 1968.

1985 & 1989

Capt. Saudamini Deshmukh

Capt. Saudamini Deshmukh Commanded First All Women Crew Flight on F27(Which was the first such flight in world) in 1985.

Capt. Saudamini Commanded All Women Flight in Boeing 737 in 1989.


In 1986, IWPA organized the FIrst World Aviation, Education And Safety Congress in Delhi.It was sponsered by the Ninety-Nines INc, USA, and the Aero Club of India. This Congress was the first of its kind in Asia and was inaugurated by the Peime Minister Mr. Rajiv Gandhi. The Congress was a great success. Over 300 delegates from different parts of the world participated.


Harpreet A.De Singh

In 1988 Air India enabled women to operate international sectors with selection of Harpreet A.De Singh as first women pilot of Air India


Capt. Nivedita Bhasin

Capt. Nivedita Bhasin was the youngest Jet Commander in the World.


In 1994, the SECOND World Aviation, Education And Safety Congress was inaugurated by Air Chief Marshal of Indian Air Force, S.K Kaul, in Mumbai. Speakers included Lt. Manja Block- the world's first women F-16 fighter pilot from Holland, Capt Suzaana Darcy, and actor Cliff Robertson.


Capt. Sangita Bangar

She Commanded the first all women flight to a neighbouring country with Capt. Anupama Kohli.


Capt. Sonica Chhabra

Capt. Sonica Chhabra is the first Women Examiner on B737-800 in India.


In November 2000, The Third World Aviation, Education And Safety COngress ws held in Kathmandu, Nepal. The higher authorities of Nepal Government took active part in the congress. The Congress was huge success. The Women pilots of Nepal joined the 99s Inc. and with special ceremony the Nepal Section was formed.


In November 2002, The India Section of the 99s, th Indian Women Pilots' Association along with the Aeronautical Society of India, Mumbai Branch, for the FIRST time organized an International Conference on "WOMEN IN AVIATION". Five speakers of the Ninety - Nines from USA addressed the august Aviation Fraternity of Women Pilots, Engineers, Designers, Air Traffic Controllers, Managers, Aviation Medial Officers including Pilots from Indian Airlines, Air India and Armed Forces.


In November 2003, The IWPA produly joined hands with Nehru Science Centre to establish an Aerospace Hall at their centre in Mumbai. This is the first of its kind in the sub-continent.


Capt. Rashmi Miranda

First All Wo men international flight from Mumbai to Singapore commanded by Capt. Rashmi Miranda, in March 2004.


Non Stop Flight

Mumbai to New York Non Stop Flight across the Atlantic Ocean with all Women crew Creates History(By Air India).


"World's Longest" all-women-operated flight

World's Longest All Women Flight from Delhi to San Francisco creates History.


Capt. Sunita Narula &
Capt. Kshamta Bajpai

Capt. Sunita Narula & Capt. Kshamta Bajpai with LOSA Auditor Harpreet A.De Singh sets World Record of Flying With All Women Crew.

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