Skip to comments.President turns pilot, flies the SU-30 MKI Flanker
Posted on 07/09/2010 5:35:57 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
"I am a contented man. My childhood dream has been fulfilled," gushed President A P J Abdul Kalam after his 30-minute joy ride in the rear cockpit of a fighter aircraft (SU-30 MKI Flanker) on Thursday. This feat has made the President the oldest Indian to fly a fighter aircraft.
As he was helped out of the aircraft by "co-pilot" Wing Commander Ajay Rathore, after it touched base at the Lohegaon Air Force station, the President's eyes gleamed with excitement. So affected was Kalam by the experience that he kept smiling with childlike glee. Clad in the flying gear of a fighter pilot and sporting a cap with the Air Force insignia, the President narrated his experience to the assembled media.
"I pushed to the left and pushed to the right, then went up and down. Everything is so beautiful from the top," he said. After a refresher course prior to the flight, to familiarise him with the aircraft, Rathore escorted Kalam to the two-seat, multi-role fighter bomber. According to sources, as he donned the pilot's gear, the 74-year-old President -- the father of India's missile technology -- was visibly excited. "He moved like a young man. He could not stop smiling as he was helped into the aircraft," said an Air Force source.
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Ha! I thought they were talking about Obama. I mean, he’s got to learn how to throw a baseball like a man first.
Why didn’t enlist in the USAirforce, Obama? Lots of fighter training there.
Way to go President A P J Abdul Kalam. Our president just goes golfing....
Remember. this guy is 74 years old.
I’m jealous. I’d *love* to get to take a joyride in a Flanker.
“Im jealous. Id *love* to get to take a joyride in a Flanker.”
You can. There a places in the former Soviet Union where you can rent dual instruction flights in fighters.
Or for a lot less money you could rent a DVD copy of Clint Eastwood’s “Firefox”.