Gunjan Saxena

IAF Officer

Gunjan Saxena

IAF Officer

Biography

During the Kargil war, Flight Officer Gunjan Saxena made history by becoming the first woman IAF officer to fly in a combat zone. She was later honoured with the Shurya Vir Award. Saxena, one of the few IAF women pilots, guided her helicopter, dodging artillery shells through the steep valleys of Kargil evacuating injured soldeirs during Operation Vijay, which has come to be called the Kargil War.

 

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