Pooja Gupta
on July 1, 2012
India’s First women in air – India’s first lady pilot – Sarla Thakral
The year 1936 when the flying was like dream, flying in air was like miracle.
There were only male in the cockpit of the airplane.
At that time one lady entered the cockpit of a Gypsy Moth and flew into the blue skies, and made a history as India’s first lady pilot.
The dashing, courageous, Sarla Thakral. She was only 21 year old when she achieved that sky.
First inning
Her husband P D Sharma was the initiator behind that and father-in-law was the supportive of all the things.
P D Sharm’s family after all had nine pilots already and they were all supportive of the decision.
“In fact it wasn’t so much my husband. My father-in-law was even more enthusiastic and got me enrolled in the flying club,” says Sarla and adds,” I knew I was breaching a strictly male bastion but I must say the men, they never made me feel out of place.”
She obtained her ‘A’ license when she accumulated over 1000 hours of flying.
She was looking for the group B license that would authorize her to fly as a commercial pilot. But when she was undergoing training in Jodhpur, unfaith happened. Her husband died in a crash in 1939. She widowed at 24. She abandoned her plans to become a commercial pilot.
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