Avani Chaturvedi creates history; becomes first Indian woman fighter pilot to fly solo
In what could only be described as history in the making, Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi became the first Indian woman fighter pilot to fly solo.
Chaturvedi flew a MiG-21 Bison in her first training solo sortie.
She took off from Jamnagar, Gujarat on Monday.
Speaking to media persons, Air Commodore Prashant Dixit termed it to be a unique achievement for Indian Air Force and the country.
It may be recalled that MiG-21 Bison has the highest landing and take-off speed in the world – that of 340 kmph.
It may be mentioned that Avani Chaturvedi is from Rewa district in Madhya Pradesh.
She was declared as the first combat pilot along with two more women pilots, namely, Mohana Singh, and Bhawana Kanth.
The trio was inducted into the Indian Air Force fighter squadron on June 18, 2016.
The other two women fighter pilots Mohana Singh and Bhawana have also completed training to fly a fighter plane and will take off on their own sorties.
Chaturvedi is inspired by her brother who is in the Army. She always wanted to conquer the skies and hence joined the Flying Club in her college.
Chaturvedi’s achievement has put India on the list of the countries such as Britain, the United States, Israel, and Pakistan, where women are allowed to fly fighter jets.>