24-year-old flying officer Avani Chaturvedi, on Monday, created history as she became the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft solo. Avani, who basically hails from Deolond, Madhya Pradesh, flew a MiG-21 Bison in her first training solo sortie, in Jamnagar, Gujarat. It is to be noted that MiG-21 Bison has the highest landing and take-off speed in the world, which is 340 km/hr.
Avani, is one of the first women fighter pilots in India and was inducted in the Indian Air Force in June 2016 along with fellow pilots Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh. The fighter stream in India was made open to women in October 2015. Avani completed her initial training at Hyderabad Air Force Academy and in the next one year, after undergoing stage three training, she’ll be able to fly other fighter jets and will be deployed for combat missions.
While Avani’s father, Dinkar Chaturvedi is an engineer with the Madhya Pradesh Water Resources Department, her brother is in the Indian Army. Her brother is the inspiration behind Avani deciding to join the Indian Air Force.