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IAF officer Avani Chaturvedi becomes first Indian woman to fly fighter aircraft solo

Avani Chaturvedi

New Delhi: Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi scripted history by becoming the first woman pilot of the Indian Air Force to complete a solo flight on a MiG-21 Bison fighter aircraft on Monday.

Avani achieved this remarkable feat over the Jamnagar Airbase in the Russian-origin flight. Her historic flight lasted for about 30 minutes. Before MiG-21 Bison, she had previously flown solo in aircrafts like Pilatus PC-7 turboprops, Kiran and Hawk jet trainers.

Avani Chaturvedi’s feat brings India at par with countries like Britain, the United States, Israel, and Pakistan where women fly fighter jets.

Born on October 24, 1993, Avani Chaturvedi hails from Madhya Pradesh’s Rewa district. Avani was inspired to join the Indian Army by her brother who is also an officer.

She is currently posted at No. 23 Squadron (Panthers) and is from the first batch of three women officers who were commissioned as fighter pilots in the IAF in June 2016.

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