Top

Sarla Thakral became the first Indian woman to fly solo

By

Published on 5 April 2016 5:09 AM GMT

Sarla Thakral became the first Indian woman to fly solo
X
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Whatsapp
  • Telegram
  • Linkedin
  • Print
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Whatsapp
  • Telegram
  • Linkedin
  • Print
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Whatsapp
  • Telegram
  • Linkedin
  • Print

New Delhi: Back in 1936 when women were regarded no more than puppets, it was hard to imagine a woman to fly an aircraft and break free. Not only was Sarla Thakral's feat surprising, but it was equally inspiring for those women who were fighting for equality.

sarla-photo File Photo: Sarla Thakral

More facts about the super woman

  • Sarla Thakral was born in New Delhi in 1914.
  • When Sarla Thakral was ready to take off on her maiden flight, she was not only married but was also a mother of a four-year-daughter.
  • She tied the knot with PD Sharma, a pilot, at a young age of 16.

  • Sarla owed her success to her husband and father-in-law
  • When aviation was only about man, Sarla entered the cockpit of Gypsy Moth in a saree and made history as the first lady pilot.
  • World War-II worked as the biggest speed breaker in her career as the civil training was suspended due to which her group B licence was cancelled.
  • During her training in Jodhpur in 1939 her husband died in a crash. She then decided not to become a commercial pilot.
  • Later she started jewellery making, saree designing, painting etc.
  • Jawaharlal Nehru's sister Vijayalaxmi Pandit was among those who bought her creations.
  • She came as a fresh breeze of courage and determination and left hundreds inspired.
  • Sadly, her story got buried after her death in March 2008

Next Story