Abhinav Bindra to fly on F-16IN
New Delhi (PTI): Olympics gold medallist Abhinav Bindra is set to join the exclusive club of VIP fighter jet flyers with a stint aboard in F-16IN at Air Force Station Yelahanka, Bangalore on February 12.
Abhinav will join the elite list of Ratan Tata (who flew the F-16 in 2007), former President APJ Abdul Kalam and former Defence Minister George Fernandes, who have had similar experiences in the past with Indian fighter jets. F-16IN, designated the Super Viper, comes from the leading aerospace manufacturer, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics company and soars above all other fighter planes across the world.
It is slated to be the world's most capable multirole fighter with unsurpassed performance and reliability reaffirming the high quality of the aircraft. Making the announcement, Orville Prins Vice-President, Business Development - India said, "Lockheed Martin is very pleased to have Abhinav Bindra fly in the F-16IN Super Viper.
It is a perfect fit. "Lockheed Martin and Abhinav share the same commitment to integrity and the F-16IN and Abhinav have achieved absolute excellence in performance," he said in a statement.
Bindra will be flown by a highly experienced test pilot with Lockheed Martin. The flight will last approximately 45 minutes. He will undergo the mandatory medical fitness test before takeoff and will also get a ground briefing before going on the sortie in the aircraft.
"I was instantly excited when the offer to fly on F-16IN came. I have heard about the adrenalin rush when the aircraft sorties in the air and am looking forward to experience it. I guess it will be an encore of what I felt when I hit the target at Olympics. I thank Lockheed Martin for giving me this honour," he said. The event will be a part of Aero Show 2009 to be held at the Air Force Station Yelahanka, Bangalore from February 11-15.