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Avani Chaturvedi becomes first Indian woman to fly a fighter jet

Flying officer Avani Chaturvedi undertook the sortie from IAF’s Jamnagar base on Monday.

india Updated: Feb 22, 2018 10:16 IST
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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Avani Chaturvedi flew a MiG-21 bison aircraft in her first solo flight on February 19. (Twitter/@IAF_MCC photo)

Scripting history, flying officer Avani Chaturvedi has become the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft, an Indian Air Force (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: Feb 22, 2018 10:14 IST