New Delhi: A new history has been created into the Indian Air Force when the first Indian woman fighter pilot Avani Chaturvedi flies a fighter aircraft solo on Monday. Avani flew a MiG-21 “Bison” in her first training solo sorties in Jamnagar, Gujarat.
She achieved the destination which has virtually the highest landing and take-off speed of 340 kmph in the world. She is one of the 3 female pilots in the first batch of the female flying officers. Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh were the other female pilots inducted in Indian Air Force fighter squadron on 18 June, 2016 on “an experimental basis” for 5 years initially.
Before this operation, she had only undertaken solo sorties in aircraft like the Pilatus PC-7 turboprops, Kiran and Hawk jet trainers which are handle friendly. While addressing to the media, the Air Commodore Prashant Dixit said, “It is a unique achievement for Indian Air Force and the country.”
Meanwhile, there are some selected countries, Britain, US, Israel and Pakistan, have permitted women in the role of fighter pilots. Like such countries, Indian government decided to induct women fighter pilot earlier in October 2015. However, the Army and the Navy have occasionally introduced women over the combination of operational concerns and logistical constraints.
Noteworthy, 2 women female pilots from the 2nd batch have entered the fighter stream of the IAF on 16 December, 2017. They were commissioned after graduating from the Air Force Academy, Dundigul.