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Indian Air Force’s fighter pilot father-daughter duo fly their way into history

Air Commodore Sanjay Sharma and his daughter Flying Officer Ananya Sharma achieved a remarkable feat at the IAF's Bidar station in India.

Air Commodore Sanjay Sharma and his daughter Flying Officer Ananya Sharma created history on 30th May when they became the first father-daughter pair in the Indian Air Force to fly in the same formation of the Hawk-132.

This was the first time ever that a father-daughter duo flew fighter jets together in the same fighter formation for a mission in the IAF.

The flying mission took place at the IAF station in Bidar, India. Flying Officer Ananya Sharma is currently undertaking training at the same station before she graduates onto a superior aircraft.

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In a written statement Indian Air Force said, “The father-daughter duo created history on 30 May 2022, when they flew in the same formation of Hawk-132 aircraft at Air Force Station Bidar, where Flying Officer Ananya Sharma is undergoing her training before she graduates onto faster and more superior fighter aircraft of the IAF.”

The father-daughter duo received a lot of appreciation from netizens for this incredible feat including from former diplomat and India’s Union Minister Hardeep Singh Suri.

Ananya is currently undergoing transitional fighter training at Bidar on the Hawks. The training module involves intensive combat manoeuvres and armament firing. The 24-year-old will be posted to a full-fledged fighter squadron in January next year.

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