Discovery Channel India will soon launch a two-part series titled Women Fighter Pilot, showcasing the tale of three women fighter pilots, from August 24 at 9pm. The series will also be available in the short stories’ format on one of the YouTube channels of Discovery Communications ‘Veer by Discovery’ that focuses on military content. It will be aired on Discovery Channel and Discovery world HD on the linear TV platform.
The on-air broadcast of the show is presented by Flipkart, while Kirloskar and Airtel have come on board as co-powered by sponsors.
Till 2015, the flight cadets of the Air Force Academy were given a choice between three flying streams – helicopters, transport and fighters. Fighter flying being the only stream reserved for men. Then, the Indian Air Force made a landmark decision to open the fighter flying programme for its female cadets on an experimental basis for a period of five years. Creating history, the first batch of three women fighter pilots – Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh – were inducted in the Indian Air Force fighter squadron. A significant milestone for the Indian Air Force, as this marked the first time it permitted women in combat roles.
“The women fighters have become a modern symbol of women empowerment – they have broken the last of all barriers by becoming a fighter pilot. We are excited to showcase this amazing story to our viewers. Such purpose-led content excites us,” said, Zulfia Waris, Vice-President, Premium and Digital Networks, Discovery Communications India. “These women fighter pilots have given wings to the ambitions of Indian women who want to don the G-Suit and defend the country as a part of Indian Air Force. We have explored this captivating human story of ambition, of not saying no, in a manner that has not been done before.”
The Women Fighter Pilot series captures the emotions of the three pilots, their families, colleagues in their squadron to show all aspects of their life. During the show, the three fighter pilots discuss whether the media glare that followed them created extra pressure.
This series follows the premiere of the Breaking Point series on the Air Force Academy and Indian Submariners earlier this year.