While many of us struggle with Monday morning blues, there are people who achieve greater heights, with every day that comes. One such person is Avani Chaturvedi, who became the first Indian woman to solo fly a fighter aircraft.
On February 19, from IAF's Jamnagar base, Avani Chaturvedi earned the distinction of flying a MiG-21 "Bison", an aircraft renowned for its highest landing and take off speed (340 kmph) in the world.
Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi became the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft solo when on 19 February she flew a MiG-21 bison pic.twitter.com/vgcDAuSerO— ANI (@ANI) February 21, 2018
She has a past experience of undertaking similar sorties, but in aircraft that are easier to handle, such as Pilatus PC-7 turboprops, Kiran and Hawk jet trainers.
This is another feather, in an already illustrious cap, as Avani was also part of the trio of women (other two being Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh) who were the first to undergo fighter pilot training in the Indian Air Force.
India is more than proud of her achievements, this is how Twitter reacted to her incredible feat.
Congrats Avani Chaturvedi to become the first woman in Indian history flying a fighter aircraft solo MiG-21 ‘Bison’ which has world’s highest landing and take off speed 340 mph.There’s no force more powerful than a woman determined to rise!#AvaniChaturvedi #ThursdayThoughts pic.twitter.com/PcDtDo0DU8— Geetika Swami (@SwamiGeetika) February 22, 2018
Heartiest congratulations to Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi. The first Indian woman to fly fighter aircraft solo. You are an inspiration for many young girls in our country— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) February 22, 2018
Congratulations to Flying Officer #AvaniChaturvedi on becoming the first Indian woman to fly a MiG-21 Bison aircraft solo. The whole country is proud of her for this amazing feat. pic.twitter.com/KVLukYDXkw— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) February 22, 2018
Salute to women power! A historic moment for India, as Flying Officer #AvaniChaturvedi becomes the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft, ‘MiG-21 Bison’ solo. Congratulations to her as she's an inspiration for million daughters of our nation. pic.twitter.com/bcT6tYdbh1— Vipul Goel (@VipulGoelBJP) February 22, 2018
There's no stopping women from flying high.
Salute Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi!