Avani Chaturvedi becomes First Indian woman to fly fighter jet
Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi has created history by becoming the first Indian woman fighter pilot to fly solo.
Chaturvedi flew a MiG-21 Bison in her first training solo sortie, in Jamnagar, Gujarat.
She is from Rewa district in Madhya Pradesh. She was declared as the first combat pilot along with two of her cohort, Mohana Singh, and Bhawana Kanth.
Mohana Singh and Bhawana have also completed training to fly a fighter plane and will soon fly fighter planes.
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.
It was in October 2015 that the Indian Government took the decision to open the fighter stream for women.
It was only in 1992 that the armed forces began recruiting women to streams, other than the medical stream.
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