Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi has just created history as she became the first Indian woman fighter pilot to fly all alone. Chaturvedi flew a MiG-21 bison in her first training solo sortie, in Jamnagar, Gujarat. She is one of the three in the first batch of female pilots, besides Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh, who was inducted in Indian Air Force fighter squadron on June 18, 2016. Speaking to ANI, Air Commodore Prashant Dixit said, "It is a unique achievement for Indian Air Force and the country." Till date, only selected countries, such as Britain, the United States, Israel, and Pakistan, have allowed women in the role of fighter pilots. It was in October 2015 when the Government took this decision to open the fighter stream for women. Meanwhile, combat roles in the Army and the Navy are still off-limits for women, due to a combination of operational concerns and logistical constraints. On December 16, 2017, two women from the second batch to enter the fighter stream of the Indian Air Force were commissioned after graduating from the Air Force Academy, Dundigul. It was only in 1992 that the armed forces began recruiting women to streams, other than the Medical stream.