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Capt Abhilasha Barak, 26, become indian army 1st female combat aviator the Army honored

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: Captain Abhilasha Barak on Wednesday, May 25, became the first woman combat aviator of the Indian Army. The historic achievemnt of Captain Abhilasha Barak was called the “Golden Letter Day” in the history of Indian Army Aviation.

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On Wednesday She has been awarded the coveted ’wings’ along with 36 Army pilots at a ceremony held at Combat Army Aviation Training School in Nashik, officials said. The announcement was made on the official social media page of the Additional Directorate General of Public Information, IHQ of MoD (Army).

The note, attached to the Instagram upload, read, “Golden letter day in the history of Indian Army aviation. Captain Abhilasha Barak becomes the first woman officer to join Army Aviation Corps as Combat Aviator after successful completion of training.”

“Captain Abhilasha Barak has been awarded the Coveted Wings along with 36 Army Pilots by Director General and Colonel Commandant Army Aviation. Young Aviators are now ready to spread their wings in Combat Aviation Squadrons,” it read.

The official also said, Captain Abhilasha has done a number of professional military courses before joining the Army Aviation Corps.

She is daughter of Col S Om Singh (Retd). Captain Barak hails from Haryana and was commissioned into the Army Air Defence Corps in September, 2018.

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Some images from the ceremony were also shared on Twitter. Take a look:

According to the official website, the inception of the Army Aviation wing of the RAF in India took place in 1942. However, it was only in August 1947 that the first Indian Air Observation Post-flight was raised.The Army Aviation Corps, in particular, was established on 1 November 1986. It was “immediately inducted into Operation Pawan,” which has been described as a “crucial test” for the Corps that had been newly formed.

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