Avani became first Indian women to fly fighter aircraft solo

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    Image : ANI Avani, first Indian woman fighter pilot to fly solo

    Avani Chaturvedi has created history by becoming the first Indian woman to fly fighter plane solo.

    She flew a MiG-21 bison in her first training solo sortie, in Jamnagar, Gujarat.

    Chaturvedi is one of the three in the first batch of female pilots, besides Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh, who was inducted in Indian Air Force fighter squadron on June 18, 2016.

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    Bhavana Kant, Mohana Singh and Avani Chaturvedi, from left to right in picture

    They were commissioned as Flying Officers in July 2016, less than a year after the government decided to open the fighter stream for women.

    As stated in ANI, Air Commodore Prashant Dixit said,

    It is a unique achievement for Indian Air Force and the country.

    After graduating from the Air Force Academy, Dundigul on December 16, 2017 two women from the second batch to enter the fighter stream of the Indian Air Force were commissioned.

    It was only in 1992 that the armed forces began recruiting women to streams, other than the Medical stream.

    (Inputs from ANI)

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