Captain Zoya Agarwal, a senior Air India pilot flying a Boeing 777, officially took her place in the SFO Aviation Museum on Friday. She is the first Indian woman pilot to fly an aircraft above the North Pole, covering a record-breaking distance of roughly 16,000 kilometres.
An all-female Air India pilot team led by Zoya Agarwal completed the world’s longest air route from San Francisco (SFO) in the United States to Bengaluru in India in 2021, crossing the North Pole.
The accomplishments of all the women pilots at Air India impressed the US-based aviation museum, which then offered a space in its exhibit.
The San Francisco Aviation Luis A Turpen Aviation museum, also known as the SFO Aviation Museum, Captain Zoya Agarwal revealed to ANI that she is the only person to have been hired as a pilot there.
“I am just humbled to be honest, I was amazed to see that I am the only living thing over there. I still find it hard to believe that I am a part of the prestigious aviation museum in the United States, Captain Zoya told ANI.
Recently, the SFO Museum honoured Indian pilot Zoya Agarwal for her extraordinary career in aviation and her advocacy for women’s empowerment around the globe, which encouraged millions of young women and girls to pursue their dreams.
She is the first female pilot from India to be a part of our programme. Her positive outlook on the world and dedication to assisting other girls and women in achieving their dreams are deeply inspiring, in addition to her remarkable career with Air India, which included her record-breaking flight from SFO to Bengaluru in 2021 with an all-female crew. An official from the San Francisco Aviation Museum told ANI that by being able to preserve and share Captain Agarwal’s personal history, SFO Museum will be able to share the thrill and historic nature of her extraordinary career with present and future generations of aviation enthusiasts.