Flying Officer of Indian Air Force, Avni Chaturvedi

25-year-old Avani Chaturvedi becomes India’s first female pilot, to go on a solo flight. Proud moment for every woman.


Flying Officer of Indian Air Force, Avni Chaturvedi, Fighter pilot has become the first female fighter pilot in the country to fly alone. Avni, who has been associated with Rewa district of Madhya Pradesh, seldom thought that she would make history one day and become the first female fighter pilot to fly the Fighter plane alone, but she did so, when on Monday, she took over from the Jamnagar airbase and flew MiG-21 aircraft for about 30 minutes alone.

Avni was born on October 27, 1993. Her father Mr. Dinkar Chaturvedi is an Executive Engineer in the Water Resource Department of Madhya Pradesh Government and his mother is a domestic lady. Avni’s elder brother is also an army officer. In October 2015, the government had paved the way for women to become fighter pilots. For the first time in 2016 to become a female fighter pilot, three women were commissioned in the air force as pilot they were Avni Chaturvedi, Mohna Singh and the Air Force. Avni’s schooling took place in Devaland, a small town in Shahdol district of Madhya Pradesh. In 2014, she graduated from Technological University from Banasthali University in Rajasthan. After this she passed the Examination of Indian Air Force. The MiG-21 ‘Bison’ has the highest landing and take-off speed in the world. Avni is from the Rewa district of Madhya Pradesh. 25-year-old Avani completed her training at the Hyderabad Air Force Academy. Flying fighter plane alone is the first step towards becoming a full fighter pilot. Before flying the Fighter plane alone, her coach examined the MiG-21 Bison aircraft on Monday morning. During the flight, experienced flyers and trainers were present for monitoring the air traffic control and run-way of Jamnagar Airbase. Avni apart from flying fighter jets likes sketching and painting in addition to playing chess, table tennis.

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