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  • Father-daughter duo fly Hawk-132 aircrafts
  • Pair created history by flying same formation
  • Ananya Sharma is a flying officer, father is Air Commodore

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This is the first time in the history of the Indian Air Force that a father-daughter duo has flown in the same flight formation 

Names of Air Commodore Sanjay Sharma & Flying Officer Ananya Sharma have been etched onto the pages of Indian Air Force's history as they became the first father-daughter duo to fly in the same flight formation.

"There has not been any previous instance in the IAF where a father and his daughter were part of the same fighter formation for a mission. It was the mission where Air Cmde Sanjay and Fg Offr Ananya were more than just father and daughter. They were comrades, who had full faith in each other as fellow wingmen would," the IAF said in the release.

Ananya and Sanjay Sharma flew the Hawk-132 aircrafts at IAF station Bidar where she is currently undergoing training before she graduates onto superior fighter aircrafts.

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Photos of the duo donning their uniforms have taken the internet by storm. Social media users have called the father-daughter pair 'an inspiration'.

Air Marshal (Retd) PK Roy hailed the achievement and tweeted, "Hope to see many more in future."

"Excellent...what a proud moment for both father and daughter," said a Twitter user.

While Air Commodore Sharma started his career in 1989 his daughter Flying Officer Ananya Sharma was commissioned into the Air Force in 2021. In 2016, the Indian Air Force started accepting female pilots into its fighter squadron.

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