Flying officer Avani Chaturvedi, who is first Indian woman to fly fighter plane-MiG 21 Bison solo, is an inspiration for all the women out there. Her name got registered in history when she successfully completed her 30-minute sortie on February 19 afternoon. She undertook the sortie from Jamnagar Airbase of Indian Air Force (IAF) in Gujarat. Before her takeoff from Jamnagar base, Avani had joined her instructor for the last check. Chaturvedi always loved flying and her decision to join the IAF came after her flying experience in the flying club of her college. Also Read - Bhawana Kanth Becomes Second Indian Woman Fighter Pilot to Fly MiG-21 Bison Solo
And during the same her instructor carefully watched her to see whether everything is right. The MiG-21 Bison fighter jet is one of the oldest fighter jets in IAF and the same is considered as the best aircraft as it is a very tough jet. Many experienced flyers were also present at the Air Traffic control of Jamnagar’s Airbase and also on the runway to monitor her flight. Also Read - Avani Chaturvedi, India's first woman fighter pilot, says machine knows no gender
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1. Avani hails from Rewa, one of the small districts of Madhya Pradesh. She finished her schooling from Deoland, Shahdol, Madhya Pradesh. The 24-year-old completed her training at Hyderabad Air Force Academy.
2. She completed her BTech (Computer Science) from Banasthali University, Jaipur. After completing her BTech from in 2014, she even did a job with IBM. But she left her lucrative job for her love- Indian air force.
3. She was one of the pilots of the first batch of female pilots. Along wth Avani, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh were inducted in Indian Air Force fighter squadron in 2016. And all of them were formally commissioned by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
4. Her father, Mr. Dinkar Chaturvedi, is an executive engineer in Water Resource Department of M.P. government. Her elder brother is also an army officer and her mother is a housewife.
5. She has not yet deployed for combat missions and for the same she has to wait for one more year. She had earlier said, “Any air force is defined by its fighters. My dream is to become a good fighter pilot, on whom my seniors can rely when it comes to flying live operations. I want to fly the best fighter aircraft and learn more and more each day.”
6. In her free time, Avani likes to play chess and table tennis. She also loves to sketch and paint. She was inspired by Army officers in her family and a brief flying experience of few hours in the flying club of her college inspired her to join the IAF.
7. Just like many other girls, Avani’s inspiration was Kalpana Chawla.“She (Avani) always used to say that she would become Kalpana Chawla someday,” her mother Savita told Zee Media.
Avani’s feat has now put India on the global map. India also joins the list of nations-USA, Israel, Britain and Pakistan where women fly fighter planes. In coming few months, Avani will learn the intricacies of fighter planes and she will also learn about tactical flying as well and how a jet can be used as a war machine. She will also be trained to fight during the day and after that, she will get the training on how to fly and fight at night.