Date of Birth : Nov 10, 1971

Birth Place :Chandigarh

Service: IAF

Last Rank: Flt Lt

Date of Martyrdom : Dec 24, 1996

Flt Lt  Harita Kaur Deol

Flt Lt Harita Kaur was born on 10 Nov 1971 in Chandigarh in a military family. Daughter of an Army veteran Colonel Deol, Flt Lt Harita Kaur became one of first seven women cadets inducted into the Air Force as Short Service Commission (SSC) officers in the year 1993. This also marked a critical phase in training of women in India as a transport pilots. After initial training at Air Force Academy, Dundigul near Hyderabad, she received further training at Air Lift Forces Training Establishment (ALFTE) at Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bangalore.


On 2 September 1994, Flt Lt Harita kaur, at the age of 22 years, became  the first Indian woman to fly a solo in an Avro HS-748 aircraft. She created history when she kissed the clouds at a massive height of 10,000 feet, which indeed was an momentous occasion for Indian Air Force. Daughter of an Army man, Flt Lt Harita was adventurous and passionate about flying and Air Force life.


Air Operation Task : 24 Dec 1996


On 24 Dec 1996, Flt Lt Harita was assigned an operational as a co-pilot.  Flt Lt Harita took off from Chennai in her HS-748 Avro aircraft as a co-pilot on a sortie from Chennai to Hyderabad. However on the way to Hyderabad the aircraft suffered technical glitches along with wing fatigue and  crashed  near Bukkapuram village in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh.


In this ill fated crash Flt lt Harita lost her life along with 24 other personnel. Thus the life of a fine Air Force officer and a committed  soldier was lost in this unfortunate accident. Flt Lt Harita had achieved the distinction of becoming the first Indian woman to fly a solo flight in the IAF but unfortunately also became the first woman Air Force pilot to die in harness in the line of duty.

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  • Sanjeev gupta

    2017at2:03 pm Reply


  • Archana Kapoor

    2017at6:00 pm Reply

    Harita was not only a wonderful friend and course mate, she was a sterlingly good officer whose father had served in the Army. In our hearts and mind she is as alive and vivacious as ever. God bless your soul, my friend.

  • Suresh Gaur

    2017at8:30 pm Reply

    My salute to Harita

  • Capt BS Kaoosji

    2017at2:11 pm Reply

    You set a standard very few could immulate.Was her father from the Armoured Corps?

  • Col. Ashok KUMAR Leekha

    2017at8:40 am Reply

    Great lady pilot who did pathbreaking by showing to next generation that a lady with a strong will and determination can do impossible. She did it and set a great example for others to follow her. God bless.

  • Captain Asha Shinde Alagappa

    2017at3:14 pm Reply

    History created for making the best of self records with flying colors. The Indian Air Force shall always remember you dear.
    I salute your courage, devotion to duty and highest sacrifice.

  • Bhuvesh goyal

    2017at9:59 pm Reply

    Salute to brave lady. Jai hind

  • Piyush Toley

    2017at8:04 am Reply

    Salutations to passion and dedication towards the profession


    2017at12:02 pm Reply

    Salute your shear bravery


    2017at6:24 pm Reply

    Such wonderful persons create history and leave a story to motivate the youngsters. A big salute to the flying warrior from an aviator.

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