Avani Chaturvedi: First woman to fly a solo fighter jet
New Delhi : Breaking the stereotypes, Avani Chaturvedi has become the first woman to fly a solo fighter jet. She flew a MiG-21 bison in her first training solo sortie, in Jamnagar, Gujarat.
Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi's first flight in super-sonic MiG-21 lasted for about 30 minutes. The fighter jet is considered as one of the most difficult aircrafts to handle. It also happens to be the oldest fighter jet active in Indian Air Force.
About Avani Chaturvedi
Avani hails from Satna in Madhya Pradesh and her father is an executive engineer and mother, a homemaker. She did her schooling from Deolond (near Rewa), from Adarsh Higher Secondary School and graduated in B Tech (Computer Science) from Banasthali University, Jaipur.
She was selected among the three women shortlisted as flying officers into the fighter stream after basic training in June 2016 on "an experimental basis" for five years initially.