Ace badminton player and Olympic silver-medalist PV Sindhu flew the made-in-India Light Combat Aircraft Tejas at the Aero India show 2019 in Bangaluru on Saturday.
She became the first woman to have co-piloted the LCA Tejas.
PV Sindhu’s participation at the Aero India Show 2019 celebrated Women’s Day on its fourth day.
Aero India Show 2019 – Celebrating Women
The Women’s Day showcased women’s achievements in the aerospace sector.
Mohana Singh, one of India’s three women fighter pilots, flew a Hawk-i at the air show, while Lieutenants Amardeep Kaur, Sindhu Reddy and Second Lieutenant Khushboo Gupta flew the Chetak.
Squadron Leaders Kamaljeet Kaur and Shruti Chauhan flew the Dornier aircraft.
#AeroIndia2019: An all-women crew of IAF flew a 03 aircraft formation in Dornier aircraft at Aeroindia on 23 Feb 19.
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— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) February 24, 2019
The aerobatic team of Sarang that comprised four Dhruvs, included one chopper piloted by Second Lieutenant Sneha Kulkarni.
Indian Air Force’s five women paratroopers skydived from an altitude of 5,000 ft, after taking off in a Mi-17 chopper.
The Air Traffic Control (ATC) of the Yelahanka air base was also operated by four female officers on the occasion of Women’s Day.
— Defence Spokesperson (@SpokespersonMoD) February 23, 2019
The women officers from the Aerospace sector shared their journeys and experiences. They also discussed about ‘Cyber Security in Aerospace’.
A Memorable Experience
Wearing a green uniform, a confident and smiling PV Sindhu waved at the audience as she entered the cockpit of the fighter aircraft.
PV SIndhu’s 40-minute flight concluded by 12:40 pm, when Wing Commander Siddharth Singh made a safe landing.
Sindhu said that she was honoured to have taken the flight and said that the real hero was the aircraft.
It was definitely a great experience and a great opportunity. I feel very honoured that captain Siddharth showed me all the stunts.
– PV Sindhu
She further said that captain had showed her a couple of manoeuvres and thanked DRDO for making that possible.
She also stated that she would always remember the opportunity that the expo gave her to celebrate women’s day.
PV Sindhu, The Badminton Ace
PV Sindhu became the first Indian badminton player and the first Indian woman to win the silver medal at Rio Olympic Games 2016.
She has also won medals at the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games in 2018.
In December, last year, Sindhu made headlines by defeating Nozomi Okuhara, Japanese world no. 5 player and had won the BWF World Tour final.
She became the first Indian to have won the title.
PV Sindhu will participate in the upcoming All England Badminton Championships.