Avani Chaturvedi created history after she became the first ever Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft, all by herself, she says an aircraft knows no gender boundaries. Avani told a leading news agency; "The best thing to be in the aviation sector is when you fly an aircraft which is a machine, it does not know whether the person handling it is a male or female. it will behave in a similar way. Be it a boy or a girl they have to be equally competent and professional to fly an aircraft." Avani further revealed that since her childhood she knew she had to become a pilot and fly a plane. Though she wasn't aware of how to do it but she had a dream to fly like a bird. "I have done my schooling from a Hindi medium school. The journey of being a fighter pilot has been about a lot of learning. I am still in the training phase of being an independent pilot," she added. "To make the 30 mins of sortie work you've to do a lot of groundwork, the contribution of the team that supports is immensely important." The history got created in February when Avani flew a MiG-21 bison in her first training solo sortie, in Jamnagar, Gujarat. Avani is one of the three in the first batch of women pilots, besides Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh, who was inducted into the Indian Air Force fighter squadron on June 18, 2016. Until now only selected countries, such as Britain, the United States, Israel, and Pakistan, have allowed women in the role of fighter pilots.
with inputs and video credits ~ ani