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Remembering Sarla Thukral, India's first woman pilot

By Jasleen Kaur -- August 08, 2021 3:16 pm -- Updated:August 08, 2021 3:27 pm

On India's first woman pilot Sarla Thukral's 107th birth anniversary, the Google Doodle recreated the iconic image of the trailblazer, sitting in the cockpit, in a saree.

The high-flying doodle was illustrated by artist Vrinda Zaveri. “Thukral left such a lasting legacy for women in aviation that we decided to run the Doodle this year in honour of her 107th birthday,” the Google Doodle page wrote.

Sarla Thakral Google Doodle | भारत की पहली महिला पायलट 'सरला ठकराल' को Google ने दी श्रद्धांजलि, साड़ी पहन उड़ाया था विमान | Navabharat (नवभारत)

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The Google Doodle is described by the search engine giant as a celebration of the “Indian pilot, designer, and entrepreneur.”

Interesting facts you need to know about Sarla Thakral

Delhi-born Sarla was fiercely ambitious, who got an aviation pilot licence in 1936 when she was just 21.

When Sarla took her first flight, she was not just married, but also a mother of a four-year-old daughter.

Google Celebrates Sarla Thukral, India's First Woman Pilot, With Doodle

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At a time when aviation was only about men, Sarla entered the cockpit of a Gypsy Moth in a saree and made a history as India's first lady pilot

Sarla obtained her 'A' license after accumulating over 1,000 hours of flying

During her training in Jodhpur in 1939, her husband died in a crash. She was widowed at 24. That's when she abandoned her plans to become a commercial pilot.

She successfully took up jewellery making, saree designing, painting and designing for the National School of Drama in her later years. One of her clients was Vijayalaxmi Pandit!

Success Story Of First Indian Women Pilot Sarla Thakral - भारत की पहली महिला पायलट सरला ठकराल, जिन्होंने समाज की बंदिशों को तोड़ भरी उड़ान - Amar Ujala Hindi News Live

-PTC News

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