There is a time when people forget about the famous people of their era. Their name is lost somewhere in the crowd of this world. One such name is Gunjan Saxena. Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena has been a celebrity in the Kargil War. In fact, she became the first Indian woman to fly in the war zone during the Karigal war in 1999. While missiles, rocket launchers, and cannon balls were being fired, Gunjan was flying helicopters. Not only this, but she also did the responsibility of delivering the necessary goods to the soldiers. Because of his work in the war, she was awarded the Shaurya Chakra Award. So let us know about Gunjan Saxena today.
|Full Name||Gunjan Saxena|
|Profession||Indian Air Force Personnel|
|Famous For||First Indian women Indian Air Force officers|
|Date of Birth||Year 1975|
|Age (as in 2019)||44 Years|
|Hometown||Jamnagar , Gujarat|
|College/University||Hansraj College, Delhi|
|Family||Father- Name Not Known (Army Officer)
Mother- Name Not Known
Brother- 1 (Name Not Known) (Army Officer)
|Relationships & More|
|Husband||Name Not Known (IAF Mi-17 Helicopter Pilot)|
|Children||Son- Not Known
Gunjan was born in 1975, in an army family. Both his father and brother were in the army, and they also decided to join the army. After completing his schooling, Gunjan went to Delhi to study for graduation, where he took admission in Hansraj College of Delhi University and together she started learning the basics tips of Flying from Safdarjung Flying Club, and after a few months, Gunjan joined the Air Force. After passing the examination of Sashastra Seema Bal, she joined the Indian Air Force as a pilot.
In the year 1994, she was inducted into 25 women, whom Indian Air Force selected as the first trainee pilot. She was posted in Udhampur, Jammu and Kashmir. She was waiting for the right opportunity to serve the country, and she also got the opportunity when the Kargil war arises between India and Pakistan in 1999. In this war, Gunjan along with the lieutenant Srividya Rajan carried out the two major operations of the Indian Army “Vijay” and “Operation Safed Sagar”. Gunjan was given the Operation Victory, during the war, she supplied food for the injured Indian soldiers and gave hospitality to the hospital, besides Gunjan was given the responsibility to monitor Pakistan’s position.
Gunjan was blowing small Cheetah helicopter alone. His helicopter used to reach such a hope, which was not less than any sanitation for injured soldiers and needy companions. But there was another challenge. In that area, Pak soldiers were targeting the bullets and missiles at the sight of the air force choppers and aircraft. There was no weapon in Gunjan’s small cheetah helicopter, In the name of the weapon was INSAS Rifle and Revolver. In spite of this, Gunjan filled many flights in the area of North Kashmir. They took out many injured soldiers from the Indian Army safely from there. In order to locate the positions of Pak soldiers, they often had to fly very close to the Pakistan border. In such a situation, Gunjan was attacked directly. The Pak soldiers attacked their aircraft, with a rocket or a shoulder-struck missile. Although he missed his target and explodes on a hill behind Missile Aircraft. Despite all this, Gunjan continued its flight. Gunjan was honored with the Shaurya Chakra gallantry award for this work, and she became the first Indian woman to receive this award.
Because of the work was done by him, Gunjan is also called “Kargil Girl”, As a short service commissioned officer, his tenure ended after seven years. After this, she married the Indian Air Force Mi-17 helicopter pilot. According to Gunjan, it was his biggest inspiration to bring the injured soldiers safely during the Kargil war. She says that being a helicopter pilot, this is the best thing to do.
Some Facts about Gunjan Saxena
- Gunjan Saxena was one of the 25 women trainee pilots recruitment in the year 1994 by the Indian Air Force.
- On October 5, 1998, the Department of Posts issued a special postage stamp to remind the contribution of Indian women in the field of aviation.
- Gunjan Saxena is also called “Kargil Girl“.
- In the year 2017, she was awarded “Veerangana Samman” in the Veerangana Lakshmibai Balidan Mela.
- According to the sources, Bollywood film director Karan Johar make a biopic film on Gunjan Saxena