New Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar, an inspiration
for millions of Indians because of his feats in cricket, can
now be seen in IAF fatigues along with the Sukhoi fighter
aircraft in the force`s 2011 calendar.
The cricket icon, who was recently conferred the
honorary rank of Group Captain, features in the calendar
wearing a green flying suit with helmet tucked under his left
Sachin appears on the `January` page of the calendar
with an air superiority fighter Su-30MKI in the background,
the aircraft which he is likely to be flying in after
returning from the ongoing cricket series in South Africa.
Interestingly, Sachin is the only person appearing in
the calendar which otherwise carries the pictures of various
fighter planes and transport aircraft of the IAF.
The IAF said Sachin had been featured in the calendar to
spread awareness about the force among the youth.
"He is a national hero and youth relate with him.
Sachin`s association with the IAF will also help in spreading
awareness about the force," an IAF official said.
On September 3, the IAF conferred the honorary rank of
Group Captain on Sachin for his cricketing achievements and
contribution to the nation.
Sachin is the first sportsperson to be conferred a rank
by IAF and the first personality with no aviation background
to receive the honour.
"It`s a great pleasure and honour to be honoured by
IAF. It was a wishful thinking and it has come true today. I`m
extremely proud to be a part of IAF. I want to urge the youth
to join air force and serve the nation. So dream, because
dreams do come true," he had said after receiving the honour.