# Avani Chaturvedi flew a fighter jet solo on Monday.
# She was inducted into IAF fighter squadron in June 2016.
# She flew a MiG-21 Bison for 30 minutes on her solo trip.
On Monday, Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi of Indian Air Force soared into a territory only open for men in India (until now) with her solo trip on a fighter jet.
Chaturvedi took her first solo sortie from Gujarat’s Jamnagar on a MiG-21 Bison. She successfully flew the Russian-made super-sonic fighter aircraft for about 30 minutes, becoming the first Indian woman to ever do so.
HERE ARE A FEW THINGS YOU COULD KNOW ABOUT FLYING OFFICER AVANI CHATURVEDI:
# Chaturvedi is originally from Madhya Pradesh’s Rewa district.
#She is not the only one to be in the Army from her family; she was, in fact, inspired by her soldier brother.
# Born on October 24, 1993, the 24-year-old also has a knack for chess, table tennis and sketching.
# Chaturvedi did her schooling from Deoland, then went on to complete her Bachelors in Technology degree from Banasthali University in 2014.
# After qualifying the Indian Air Force exam, Chaturvedi completed her training from Hyderabad Air Force Academy.
# Chaturvedi was one among three women cadet to be inducted into the Indian Air Force fighter squadron on June 18, 2016, along with flying officers Mohana Singh and Bhawana Kanth.
# Chaturvedi, Singh and Kanth, who trained in a class along with 43 male fellow coursemates, were said to have been advised to delay marriage and pregnancy.
# Singh and Kanth have also completed their training, and will soon be taking turns in flying a fighter plane solo.
# Before MiG-21 Bison, Chaturvedi had flown solo in aircraft like the Pilatus PC-7 turboprops, Kiran and Hawk jet trainers.
# Chaturvedi’s successful solo trip has put India on the map with countries where women fly fighter jets, like Britain, the United States, Israel, and Pakistan.