Indian cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni have been cleared by the Defence Ministry to fly in Indian Air Force’s mighty Su-30 MKI fighter jets.
After India’s World Cup victory in April this year, IAF chief Air Chief Marshal P V Naik had said that he would seek special permission from the government so that Dhoni and Tendulkar could experience a flight in Su-30MKI. This is the IAF’s way of honouring he cricketers.
Pune-based air force station Lohegaon is the home-base of Sukhois and VIPs including President Pratibha Patil and her predecessor A P J Abdul Kalam had also taken off in the mighty jets from the air base.
Soon Sachin and Dhoni will put on flying suits and fly Sukhoi.