Sqn Ldr Sneha Shekhawat, an Avro pilot, has led a marching contingent twice on Republic Day in her six-year career in the IAF – in 2012 and 2015. She is one among about 1,300 pilots in the IAF who fly helicopters and transport aircraft. The contingent drew participants from all over the country. Earlier, woman helicopter pilot Flt Lt Anupam Chawdhry had participated in four Republic Day parades.