PREM MATHUR

Prem Mathur is the first Indian woman commercial pilot. She obtained her commercial pilot's licence in 1947. After acquiring her commercial pilot's license, she was turned down by eight private airlines, none of which wanted a woman pilot. 

Finally, she went and interviewed at Deccan Airways, in Hyderabad. When asked how she would handle night halts when she would likely have to sleep in close quarters with men, she answered, “You will not regret hiring me."

They hired her, and she became the first woman pilot in India. In 1949 she won the National Air Race.

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