President gets special briefing for her Sukhoi flight
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 15:44
  
New Delhi: President Partibha Patil, who plans to create history by becoming the first woman to fly in an Indian Air Force fighter jet on November 25, is looking forward to the "experience of an air combat aircraft" and has already undergone a special briefing on it.

Official sources said a special audio-visual briefing was held for the President at the Rashtrapati Bhavan recently in which she was told how to get into the SU-30 MKI air superiority fighter jet, how to alight and what instruments to touch.

They said 74-year-old Patil will wear a special anti-gravity suit called G-Suit, which helps in withstanding high gravitational pressure during such flights.

The President was briefed by four Air Force officers, including the pilot and the back up pilot for the aircraft, on which Patil will take a sortie from the Lohegaon air base at Pune.

When contacted, Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson Archana Dutta said, "President is looking forward to the flight. As Supreme Commander of the armed forces, she would like to experience air combat aircraft."

The Armed Forces' Supreme Commander will first undergo mandatory health checks before the sortie, which would take about 20-minutes.

The IAF at present employs about 780 women officers in different branches of the air force service, including flying, but they only fly transport aircraft and helicopters.

As a matter of policy, the IAF does not recruit women in the fighter pilot stream.

Earlier, former President A P J Abdul Kalam had taken a ride in a submarine in 2006 and followed it up with a sortie in a Sukhoi the same year.

Bureau Report


First Published: Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 15:44


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