22 Feb 2018

Meet Avani, first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft solo


Scripting history, Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi has become the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft solo, an IAF official said.

“Chaturvedi became the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft solo when she flew a MiG-21 Bison,” the official said. She undertook the sortie from IAF’s Jamnagar base on Monday.

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

They were commissioned as Flying Officers in July 2016, less than a year after the government decided to open the fighter stream for women.

The next batch of three women trainees have been chosen too.
Source-The Hindu

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