India’s lone individual Olympic gold medal winner,Abhinav Bindra today joined the elite list of VVIPs to experience the thrill of flying a fighter jet and the ace shooter compared the mid-air experience to winning the yellow metal in Beijing.
Bindra was here as a special invitee to the seventh Aero India 2009 and flew aboard Lockheed Martin’s fighter jet F-16IN Super Viper,specifically designed for the Indian Air Force.
Words cannot explain the excitement I underwent in those 45 minutes on board the F16IN. It was simply ecstatic. I am still coming to terms with my experience. It was probably similar to what I felt when I won the Olympic Gold last August, said Bindra who flew alongwith former US Navy pilot Paul ‘Bear’ Randall.
I salute all those brave men who risk their lives to fly in the air to shoot targets unknown and invisible to them,and all this because they love their country. The F16IN — I believe is a step towards making the lives of these brave men a little easy and make them better equipped miles above in the air, said Bindra,who won the gold in the 10 metre air rifle event at the Beijing Olympics Games.