Mawya Sudan, a resident of Jammu and Kashmir, became the first female Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter pilot in the Rajouri district. Originally from the village of Lamberi, from Border Tehsil de Nowshera to Rajouri, she was commissioned in the IAF as a Flying Officer. Mawya became the 12th female officer and the first of Rajouri to be inducted as a fighter pilot in the IAF.
Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria reviews the Joint Graduate Passing Out Parade held at Air Force Academy, Dundigal, Hyderabad on Saturday. Maya’s father Vinod Sudan expressed happiness over his daughter’s achievement. He said, ‘I am feeling proud. Now she is not just our daughter but the daughter of this country. We are getting congratulatory messages since yesterday. Sushma Sudan, the mother, said, “I am happy that she has worked so hard and achieved her goal. She has made us feel proud.” The fighter pilot’s sister, Manyata Sudan, who is a JE in Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, told agencies that since her school days, Mawya was inclined towards Air Force and always wanted to become a fighter pilot.
“I am incredibly proud of my younger sister. This was her dream since childhood. I am sure she will add to her laurels soon. This is just the beginning. Everyone is treating her like her own daughter. People from all over the country are supporting and motivating her. It is an inspiring story for everyone,” she said.