Prior to this, she had flown the first solo on MiG-21 Bison in March 2018. She then had completed her technical flying, combat flying, including air to air combat and air to ground combat. She will now be allowed to carry out night operations once she completes training for night missions viz. ‘operational in the moon phase’ and then the ‘dark phase’. Thereafter, she will become fully operationally, meaning her operational syllabus is complete.
She hails from Darbhanga, Bihar. She was born and brought up in Refinery Township, Begusarai. Her father is engineer in IOCL and mother homemaker. She completed her BE (Medical Electronics) from BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore before joining IAF.
Bhawana Kanth is from first batch of women fighter pilots commissioned by IAF. Three women -Kanth, Avani Chaturvedi and Mohana Singh were commissioned in first batch by IAF as flying officers in July 2016. It was after Government had decided to open fighter stream of IAF for women on experimental basis. IAF has already has selected next batch of three women trainee pilots for the fighter stream.