‘Avani Chaturvedi’ becomes first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft

Avani chaturvedi

New Delhi, Feb 22: Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi on Monday made history by becoming the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft solo.

“Chaturvedi became the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft solo when she flew a MiG-21 bison in her first solo flight,” an Indian Air Force (IAF) official said PTI.

Chaturvedi achieved the distinction on February 19, flying a MiG-21 “Bison”, which has virtually the highest landing and take-off speed in the world – 340 kmph.

Avani Chaturvedi

She undertook the sortie from IAF’s Jamnagar base on Monday, he said.

Three women pilots, Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh, had undergone strenuous training programme to fly fighter jets.

Women pilots- Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh

They were commissioned as flying officers in July 2016, less than a year after the government decided to open the fighter stream for women on an experimental basis.

The IAF has already selected the next batch of three women trainee pilots for the fighter stream.

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