The Indian Air Force allowed media access to India’s first woman fighter pilot for the first time today (8 March), Livefist has reported.
Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi, who took to the skies, is the first among the batch of three woman fighter pilots inducted by the Indian Air Force to fly the fighter plane on her own.
“The MiG-21 is a beautiful aircraft, and currently our oldest aircraft. This is aviation legacy. I feel so honoured to be able to fly it,” she said.
Flying solo, Chaturvedi took to the skies for the first time from the Jamnagar air base two weeks ago on 19 February.
“Every person in the military a soldier. It doesn’t matter if you are a man or a woman,” she added, at an interaction after the sortie.
Indian Armed Forces are on a mission to create more gender parity in the forces with women increasingly taking up even combat roles, which were earlier reserved for men. Avani’s flight in the MiG-21 fighter jet represents an important milestone on the mission.
As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.
Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.
We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.
Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 999/year is the best way you can support our efforts.