MP minister congratulates flying officer Avani Chaturvedi

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Breaking the stereotypes, Avani Chaturvedi has become the first woman to fly a solo fighter jet. "It demonstrates IAF's enduring commitment to "Nari Shakti", IAF spokesperson, Wing Commander Anupam Banerjee, told The Indian Express. Officer Singh and Kanth have also completed their training and will soon be taking turns in flying fighter plane solo. Avani hails from Deolond, which is situated near Rewa in Madhya Pradesh.

After creating history for becoming one of the first three women to be inducted in the fighter squadron of the Indian Air Force in 2016, Avani Chaturvedi has now scripted history yet again.

With a love for playing the violin and painting, she joined the college flying club. It was only after her selection was confirmed that her mother got to know about it, the report added. However, IAF has revised Short Service Commission scheme to induct women into the fighter stream on experimental basis for five years. "I want to fly the best fighter aircraft and learn more and more each day", Avani had said. She worked at IBM for a short while after graduating before quitting it to join the IAF. "You will not send someone who is not good to fly a MiG-21".

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Before the "Bison", she had only undertaken solo sorties in aircraft like the Pilatus PC-7 turboprops, Kiran and Hawk jet trainers, which are much easier to handle. The Russian made MiG 21 Bison is also the oldest fighter in IAF's stable. Internationally, only selected countries have allowed women to take on the role of fighter pilots, such as Britain, the United States, Israel and Pakistan.

Previous 2015, the IAF was never open to select the female candidates for the fighter stream, but later in October 2015, the government made a decision to open the fighter stream for the female category as well.

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