[WORLDKINGS] Journey to seek extraordinary record holders around the world (P.7) - Avani Chaturvedi: The first Indian woman to fly a fighter jet and making India Proud.


(WorldKings.org) Lieutenant Avani Chaturvedi has created history by becoming the first Indian woman in Indian Air Force to fly solo in the MiG-21 Bison, fighter plane. She was inducted into the Indian Air Force fighter squadron in June 2016 and was formally commissioned by then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on 18th June 2016, to serve the nation.

Avani was born on 27 October 1993. Her father, Dinkar Chaturvedi, is an superintending engineer in Water Resource Department of Madhya Pradesh government and her mother is a home maker.

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 AFCAT (The Air Force Common Admission Test) and further was recommended by AFSB (Air Force Selection Board).

Chaturvedi likes to play chess, table tennis and to do sketching and painting.

Avani's elder brother, who is an officer in the Indian Army, inspired her to join the Indian Air Force (IAF). She also had a few hours of flying experience in the flying club of her college Banasthali University, which inspired her to join the IAF.

Avani Chaturvedi got selected to train at Hyderabad Air Force Academy and complete the training at the age of 25. After completing one year of training there, Chaturvedi became a fighter pilot in June 2016.

In 2018, Chaturvedi became the first Indian woman pilot to take a solo flight in a MiG-21. In 2018 Avani was promoted to the rank of Flight Lieutenant.

Her achievement exponentially contributed to the complex narrative surrounding gender equality in India. Avani has proved that being a woman is not a boundary if you have a dream to achieve, you need to work for it and nothing can stop you from achieving it. Before 2016, women made up just 2.5% of India’s armed forces, working in mainly non-combat roles. Surely Avani’s achievement will help other Indian women to come out with their talent and to grow with their passion.

According to medium.com and en.wikipedia.org

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