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Indian Air Force gets first woman air marshal
The Indian Air Force got its first woman three-star officer Friday when Padmavathy Bandopadhyaywas promoted to the rank of air marshal.

Bandopadhyay, who Friday became director general of medical services (air), has many firsts against her name in her career of 35 years in the Indian Air Force (IAF), the Indo-Asian News Service reported.

Bandopadhyay, 59, is the first woman fellow of the Aerospace Medical Society of India and the first Indian woman to have conducted scientific research at the North Pole.

Bandopadhyay's elevation to a three-star rank comes a month after the Indian Army got its first woman lieutenant general when Punita Arora was promoted to the rank and assumed command of the prestigious Armed Forces Medical College in Pune in Maharashtra state in west India.

Born in the temple town of Tirupati in southeastern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh on Nov. 4, 1944, Bandopadhyay was brought up in Delhi. She joined the IAF in 1968. Her specialization in aviation medicine has given her a chance to fly in some of the IAF's frontline jets like the MiG-21 and MiG-25. Enditem

Posted by Jehangir Unwalla @ 6:59 AM


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