Avani Chaturvedi – First Flying Woman Of India

Hello aspirants,

It was earlier believed that the flying role for the fighter jets was purely for the men, but this lady officer shattered this misbelieve and made all us proud by flying a Mig-21 Bison. By doing this, she became the first Indian woman to fly a fighter jet. In this post, we will look into her career in brief, and I believe this post will help all the candidate to get motivated and aspired from her.

About Avani Chaturvedi

  • She is from Rewa district in Madhya Pradesh and was born on 27 October 1993.
  • Her father, Mr Dinkar Chaturvedi, is an executive engineer in the Water Resource Department of M.P. government and her mother is a homemaker.
  • Avani's elder brother is also an army officer, and he was the motivation for her to join the forces and rule the skies not only that she also had a few hours of flying experience in the flying club of her college, which inspired her to join the IAF.
  • She completed her schooling from Deolond, a small town in Shahdol district of Madhya Pradesh. Completing her Bachelors in Technology from Banasthali University, Rajasthan in 2014, she passed the Indian Air Force exam.
  • 24-year old Avani Chaturvedi completed her training at Hyderabad Air Force Academy.
  • In the IAF since 1993, women officers have been inducted in all branches and stream as Short Service Commissioned Officers except in the fighter stream.
  • IAF has revised Short Service Commission scheme to induct women into the fighter stream temporarily for five years. It was in October 2015 that the Indian Government decided to open the fighter stream for women.
  • She was declared as the first combat pilot along with two of her cohorts, Mohana Singh, and Bhawana Kanth. The trio was inducted into the Indian Air Force fighter squadron on June 18, 2016. They were formally commissioned by then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. Mohana Singh and Bhawana have also completed training to fly a fighter plane and will soon fly fighter planes.
  • Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi has created history by becoming the first Indian woman fighter pilot to fly solo. Chaturvedi flew a MiG-21 Bison which has the fastest landing and take off speed compared to any other jets in the world in her first training solo sortie, in Jamnagar, Gujarat.
  • Chaturvedi's achievement has put India on the list of the countries such as Britain, the United States, Israel, and Pakistan, where women are allowed to fly fighter jets.

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DDE salutes and feels proud to share such deeds by our brave officers.

JAI HIND