A record has been made in Thursday 26 January 2012 when Flight Lt. Sneha Shekhawat a women Indian Air Force(IAF) Officier lead a contingent of 144 airmen at the 63rd Republic Day Parade down the Rajpath, New Delhi. Flight Lieutenant Sneha Shekhawat became the first woman to lead an IAF contingent in the 63 year old history of the RD parade.
“This is in line with the IAF policy of providing greater opportunities for women in the force”
-IAF officers said
Flight Lt.Shekhawat is from Sikar in Rajasthan. Present she is posted with the IAF squadron at Hindon in Ghaziabad. She was the face of elegance and confidence as she led the 144-member strong Air Force contingent marching to the tunes of its band playing‘Air Battle’. A woman pilot who flies non-combat transport planes like the Avro, Shekhawat was joined by three other women officers to lead the marching contingent down the national capital’s main thoroughfare. The other women officers are Flying Officer A. Chaudhary, who flies helicopters such as Chetak and Cheetah and Flying Officer Pooja Negi and Flying Officer Hena Pore, both from the accounts branch.