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September 24, 2012

First Indian woman to obtain flying licence recalls breaking gender barrier

     New Delhi: The first Indian woman to obtain a private pilot's licence, has recalled the thrill of pursuing her passion with the support of her family. In the early 1960s, when a few women would even think of pursuing a hobby, Mumbai-based Rabia Futehally chose flying as her pastime. With the support of her father, brothers and husband, she climbed into the cockpit of a Piper PA-18, a twin-seater aircraft, and made history by becoming the first Indian woman to obtain a private pilot's license. According to Gulf News, Rabia grew up playing sports like cricket, swimming, hiking and horse riding with her two brothers. When all the men in her family got together and decided to learn to fly, she felt left out. “How could I have missed out on all the fun,” she said. With permission from her father, Rabia soon enrolled at the Bombay Flying Club. “I had a nine-month-old baby, but even then, my father agreed,” she revealed. Shuttling between her home and the club, her foray with flying continued for the next four decades, the report added.
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