5 Things You Must Know About Flight Lt. Gunjan Saxena, The Kargil Girl

Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena had created history two decades ago, by being the Indian Air Forces (IAF) first female pilot to be deployed to a theatre of war. With now 20 years have passed since the Kargil Conflict, Bollywood has announced the brave pilot’s biopic, which is due to release next year.

Flight Lt. Saxena prepping for a sortie during Kargil
First glimpse of Gunjan Saxena the Kargil Girl scheduled to release next year

Flew Supply And CASEVAC Missions In Kargil

IAF practising casualty evacuation during exercise Gagan Shakti

Flight Lt. Saxena flew countless supply missions and casualty evacuation operations (CASEVAC) in Kargil operations.

Another glimpse of Gagan Shakti

Second Generation Military

Gunjan grew up in lush green army cantonments

Gunjan was an army brat and grew up living in army cantonments in various parts of the country.

Part of the IAF’s first batch of female pilots

Supply choppers in action

She was inducted into the Indian Air Force as part of the flying branches the first batch of lady officers.

Gunjan’s story inspires a new generation of lady flying officers

Dodged Pakistani Missiles in Kargil

Artillery guns pounding enemy positions in Kargil

Flight Lt. Saxena brushed with death experiencing several close calls in during her time in Kargil. Her cheetah helicopter dodged a Pakistani army missile attack, narrowly cheating death.

The Flying Ace Was Awarded For Gallantry.

Indian soldiers celebrating victory in the Kargil war

Flight Lt. Gunjan Saxena was conferred the Shaurya Chakra for her steely resolve and ingenuity in the face of the enemy. He gallant actions replenished the essential supplies required by the fighting troops and her prompt medical evacuations despite heavy fire saved the lives of countless numerous soldiers, many of whom would not have come returned if it was not for her valour.

Flight Lt. Gunjan Saxena, is an Air Warrior, and an inspiration to the youth of the country, and the thousands of young women who are looking serve the nation as protectors of the skies.

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