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Avani Chaturvedi becomes first Indian woman to fly a fighter jet

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Avani Chaturvedi becomes first Indian woman to fly a fighter jet Flying officer Avani Chaturvedi scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft solo. Photo: AFP

Flying officer Avani Chaturvedi scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft solo, said an IAF official on Wednesday.

"Chaturvedi became the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft solo when she flew a MiG-21 bison in her first solo flight," the official told PTI.

She undertook the sortie from IAF's Jamnagar base on Monday, he said.

Three women pilots, Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth, and Mohana Singh, had undergone strenuous training program to fly fighter jets.

They were commissioned as flying officers in July 2016, less than a year after the government decided to open the fighter stream for women on an experimental basis.

The IAF has already selected the next batch of three women trainee pilots for the fighter stream.

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