The history has been created by Lt.Avani Chaturvedi by becoming India’s first women pilot to fly a Fighter Jet Solo.The 24 year old Avani flew a Mig-Bison for 30 minutes from Jamnagar,Gujarat.She was one of the three female fighters to be inducted into the Indian Air Force.
Flying officers Avani Chaturvedi, Bhavana Kanth and Mohona Singh were recruited by IAF in 2016 as their cadets. They were formally commissioned by then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
Ms.Chathurvedi hails from Rewa district in Madhya Pradesh. She did her Bachelors in Technology from Banasthali University, Rajasthan in 2014, before she cleared the Indian Air Force exam and went on to train at the Hyderabad Air Force Academy in Dindigul.
Before 2016, women made up just 2.5% of India’s armed forces, working in mainly non-combat roles.
Neighbouring Pakistan has about 20 female fighter pilots – the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) began inducting women into combat roles in 2006.
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