IAF's Flying officer Avani Chaturvedi scripts history, becomes first Indian woman pilot to fly fighter jet

22 February 2018, 08:50 AM
Indian Air Force's flying officer Avani Chaturvedi - File Photo
Indian Air Force's flying officer Avani Chaturvedi - File Photo

Indian Air Force's flying officer Avani Chaturvedi on Thursday became the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft, an IAF official said.

"Chaturvedi became the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft solo when she flew a MiG-21 bison in her first solo flight," the official.

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.

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.

First Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 08:40 AM

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