Ratan Tata to fly F/A-18 Super Hornet at Aero India

February 10th, 2011 - 11:31 am ICT by ANI  

F-16 By Praful Kumar Singh

Bangalore, Feb 10 (ANI): Tata Group chairman, Ratan Tata, who is a keen aviation enthusiast, is not a man to miss Aero India and will fly in Boeing’s fighter jet F/A-18 Super Hornet on Thursday at the biennial event.

Asia’s biggest air show, Aero India 2011, started on February 9 and will continue till February 13 at Air Force Station, Yelahanka.

The F/A-18 Super Hornet is in the race for supplying 126 Medium-Multirole Combat Aircraft (M-MRCA) to the Indian Air Force under a 10.8 billion dollars deal expected to be signed in the next financial year.

Tata was among the guests during the inauguration ceremony of Aero India 2011. He was quite impressed by India’s own light combat aircraft’s fly-past and manouveres.

Previously, Ratan Tata has flown the fighter plane at the Aero India Air Show in 2009.

Shahid Kapoor will become the first actor in the world to fly another American fighter jet F 16 IN Super Viper.

Civil and military aerospace manufacturers from 30 countries, including the US, Britain, Russia, France, Germany, Italy, Israel, Belgium, Brazil, Spain, Ukraine and the Netherlands, are participating in the show.

The flying displays at the show includes some of the latest fighter planes, including Eurofighter Typhoons, Sweden’s Gripen, the French Dassault Rafael, Boeing’s F-16 Super Viper and Lockheed Martin’s F-18 Super Hornet, besides unmanned aerial vehicles and helicopters. (ANI)

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