Air Force female pilot to fly Chinook helicopter for first time

Squadron Leader Parul Bhardwaj and Swati Rathod will fly the Chinook helicopter

The two pilots have already been sent to the Featherweight unit in Chandigarh and the Mohanbari unit in Assam.

 Both pilots have experience flying Mi-17V5 fighter jets.Swati Rathore is the first female helicopter pilot to participate in the 2021 Republic Day parade.

 Air Force officials say the Chinook helicopter is more difficult to fly than other helicopters.  There is a difference between the controls of other helicopters and Chinook helicopters.