Another contribution has been made of women’s contribution to the Indian Air Force. Wing Commander Shailaja Dhami has been named the first female flight commander of the Air Force’s flying unit and has once again added her name to the achievements being achieved by women in the Army for some time. The land of heroes grew up in Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha village of Ludhiana in Punjab; Shailaja got some passion for the country from the climate of his village. The village is named after a martyr who has made a significant contribution to the independence of the country. Shailaja has been given the responsibility of flight commander of Chetak Helicopter Unit at Hindon Airbase, Uttar Pradesh. This is the front rung of his services in the Indian Air Force for the last 15 years. She has previously been the first woman flying instructor and the first woman to receive a permanent commission from a flying branch. Flight Lieutenant is the number two position in order of command of the unit.
Shailaja has been given the responsibility of flight commander of Chetak Helicopter Unit at Hindon Airbase, Uttar Pradesh.
Shailaja’s parents were in government jobs. Father Harkesh Dhami was the SDO of Electricity Board and mother Dev Kumari was in Water Supply Department. Born in Ludhiana, Shailaja did her B.Sc from Khalsa College in Ghumar Mandi after her initial studies from a government school. Going to NCC’s Airwing during 12th standard proved to be a turning point in Shailaja’s life and in the meantime, after finishing second in spot landing in the open gliding tournament held in Hisar, Shailaja became friends with the skies and winds, which kept growing as time went on
Shailaja did not complete her B.Sc studies and was selected in the flying air force. There was some confusion about his stature, but after some hiccups she was selected in the Air Force. In the recent past, women have made remarkable achievements in person, while serving in the army and contributing to some adventurous missions. Squadron Leader Minty Agarwal, who was part of the team of flight controllers who assisted in the Balakot air strike, was recently awarded the War Service Medal. Apart from this, Avni Chaturvedi, who was inducted into the Indian Air Force as a fighter pilot in 2018, single-handedly flew the Dum MiG 21 Bison aircraft. Flight Lieutenant Mohana Singh achieved the ability to fly the latest jet aircraft Hawk and Flight Lieutenant Bhawana Kant mastered flying daytime fighter aircraft and made her name in history. It is expected that in the coming times, there will be some more tales of valor of these girls in the adventures of the Indian Army and these daughters of the country, who consistently measure the heights of success in every field, will show their Jauhar till the seventh sky.