PV Sindhu co-pilots India’s first indigenous Fighter aircraft LCA Tejas

RSTV Bureau
Bengaluru: Badminton player PV Sindhu sits on the back seat as a co-pilot for a sortie in Tejas Aircraft on the 4th day of 12th edition of AERO India 2019, at Yelahanka Air Base, in Bengaluru, Saturday, Feb 23, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Bengaluru: Badminton player PV Sindhu sits on the back seat as a co-pilot for a sortie in Tejas Aircraft on the 4th day of 12th edition of AERO India 2019, at Yelahanka Air Base, in Bengaluru, Saturday, Feb 23, 2019. (PTI Photo)

PV Sindhu flew India’s first indigenous Fighter aircraft LCA Tejas developed by DRDO during the Aero India 2019 at Bengaluru. Sindhu is the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal in Badminton. With today’s flying, she became the first Indian woman to fly LCA Tejas.

Sindhu was piloted by Wg Cdr Siddarth Singh, Test Pilot with National Flight Test Centre (NFTC) at Aeronautical Development Agency, the Autonomous society of DRDO, having experience of over 2500 hours of flying Jaguar, Mirage, Hawk and LCA.

The aircraft pulled up after take-off and climbed to 10,000ft. From the rear seat in the cockpit, Sindhu experienced horizontal turns, barrel roll, loop and roll in the aircraft. She also underwent inverted flying and simulated attack over a target before landing back at Air Force Station, Yelahanka in Bengaluru.