Avani Chaturvedi-Who flew against the wind

New Delhi, March 7: Despite the many issues and struggles that women face in India, there have many inspirational women, who had not only inspired women in the country but also around the world with their passion for work, their excellence on the job. Be it, Aishwarya Rai, PT Usha, Mitali Raj or Kiran Bedi.

The latest example is Avani Chaturvedi, 24, who made the country proud when she became the first Indian woman to fly a fighter jet solo in Jamnagar, Gujarat.

Avani flew a Mig-21 Bison for 30 minutes and this fighter jet has the highest landing and take-off speed in the world - 340 kmph.  She is from Rewa district in Madhya Pradesh and graduated in June 2016 along with two other women, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh, who will also be inducted in the same role

Back in October 2015, the Government of India finalised to open the fighter stream for women while combat roles in the Indian Army and the Navy are restricted for women, due to some combination of operational concerns and logistical limitations. 

Avani's achievement has put India on the list of the countries like Britain, the United States, Israel, and Pakistan, where women are allowed to fly fighter jets. 

Currently, she is posted to No. 23 Squadron (Panthers) after completing her basic flying training on a Pilatus aircraft at the Air Force Academy, Avani went through six months of training on Kiran trainer jets at Hakimpet, which was followed by a year-long training assignment on Hawk advanced trainer jets at Bidar Air Base.

Avani did her schooling from a Hindi medium school in Deland, a small town in Shahdol district of Madhya Pradesh after schooling she did her Bachelors in Technology from Banasthali University, Rajasthan in 2014. After graduation Avani passed the Indian Air Force exam and completed her training at Hyderabad Air Force Academy.  

Avani's inspiration comes from her brother who is posted in the Indian Army and she always wanted to conquer the skies so she joined the Flying Club in her college.Apart from flying fighter jets, Avani likes to play chess, table tennis and to do sketching, painting.