Avani Chaturvedi, the First Female Fighter Pilot undertook the sortie from IAF’s Jamnagar base on Monday.

“Avani Chaturvedi became the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft solo when she flew a MiG-21 bison in her first solo flight” confirmed by the Indian Air Force Officials.

Chaturvedi along with two other females Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh were commissioned by former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

Avani Chaturvedi – Family & Schooling

Avani is 24-year-old and belongs to be Rewa District in Madhya Pradesh. She is received declared as the first female combat pilot along with her two cohorts.

Avani Chaturvedi Fighter Pilot.
Image Courtesy: Image tweeted by ANI

Avani was born in an army family on 27 October 1993. Mr. Dinkar Chaturvedi, her father, is an executive engineer in Water Resource Department of M.P. government, Mother is a Home Maker and her elder brother is Army officer.

She has completed her schooling from a small town named Deoland in Shahdol district of Madhya Pradesh.

The Inspiration

She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Technology from Banasthali UniversityRajasthan in 2014.

She also cleared Indian Air Force exams in order to pursue her dream to become a Fighter Pilot.

Words of Inspiration from Avani

 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.

Interesting Facts

Chaturvedi likes to play chess, table tennis and to do sketching and painting.

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.

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 is a supersonic jet fighter and interceptor aircraft, designed by the Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau in the Soviet Union.

MiG-21 Bison has the highest landing and take-off speed in the world – 340 kmph.


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