Avani Chaturvedi becomes first woman fighter pilot to undertake solo flight in MiG-21

Flying officer Avani Chaturvedi created history on Monday when she became the first Indian woman pilot of the Indian Air Force to complete a solo flight in a MiG-21 Bison fighter aircraft.

She completed the half-an-hour long solo flight in the Russian-origin jet in the skies over Jamnagar Air Base. “This is a major milestone in training of a fighter pilot and first time an Indian woman has flown a fighter aircraft solo. It demonstrates IAF’s enduring commitment to ‘Nari Shakti’,” IAF spokesperson Wing Commander Anupam Banerjee said.

Before her final takeoff from the Jamnagar base in a MiG-21 Bison Aircraft , Chaturvedi joined her instructor for a last Solo Check., as per a report of India Today. During the flight, her instructor watched her carefully to ensure she got everything right.

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