Rewa: Avani Chaturvedi, a young girl, with her roots from Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh will be India’s first female fighter pilot to take to the skies this summer. Avani with her two other batch mates Mohana Singh and Bhawana Kanth, currently undergoing a training at an air force base in the southern Indian state of Telangana, are the three women to qualify to fly fighter planes on June 18, as informed by Air Chief Marshal Raha on International Women’s Day.
Avani who hails from Rewa in Madhaya Pradesh studied in Bansthali University from where she completed her Computer Engineering. Making Kalpana Chawala as her role model this young flying aspirant always dreamt of becoming a pilot. Avani’s brother Neerabh who’s also an Air Force Marshall was another key inspiration for her to achieve such heights. The air force’s fighter jet fleets consist of the Russian Sukhoi Su-30 MKIs, the MiG-21 and 27s and the French Mirage-2000s.
Earlier in India women have been inducted as pilots in the world’s fourth-largest air force for over two decades, but they ended up doing in non-combat roles such as flying transport aircraft and helicopters. But in October 2015, Air Chief Marshal Raha announced that India’s Defense Ministry has given a long pending nod over the inclusion of women