Meet Avani Chaturvedi: First Indian woman to fly fighter jet

Meet Avani Chaturvedi: First Indian woman to fly fighter jet

The next batch of women for the fighter pilot training have already been selected.

"My hobbies are playing the violin, table tennis and painting". Avani told her parents that she would make them proud just like the Indian-American astronaut. "This is a major milestone in training of a fighter pilot and the first time that an Indian woman has flown a fighter aircraft solo". It was indeed great news because prior to this, there were no women flying fighter jets in the Indian Air Force.

Her colleagues, Fg Offr Bhawana Kanth and Fg Offr Mohana Singh are scheduled to follow suite soon. During this time, she joined the Flying Club and went on to pass the Indian Air Force exam. 2.

Chaturvedi completed her training at Hyderabad Air Force Academy.

"Any air force is defined by its fighters". Her Father works in a Water Resource Department as an executive engineer in Madhya Pradesh while her mother is a housewife.

Avani Chaturvedi's feat brings India at par with countries like Britain, the United States, Israel, and Pakistan where women fly fighter jets.

The three women were commissioned as flying officers in July 2016, less than a year after the government made a decision to open the fighter stream for women on an experimental basis. It also had the highest number of women casualties in combat. Meanwhile, combat roles in the Army are still not permitted for women, due to a combination of operational concerns and logistical constraints.

Turkey, which became the first country to have a woman fighter pilot in 1936, and the only country to have never had a restriction on women joining the air force.

The IAF has been inducting women in various positions since 1993, however, the fighter stream had been off-limits until recently.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.