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Ratan Tata repeats flying feat at 74

Bangalore: Ratan Tata, Chairman of the Tata Group, was the centre of attraction on the second day of Aero India 2011 by flying in a fighter jet. The 74-year old veteran of the Indian corporate world surprised everybody by flying in a F/A-18 of Boeing, repeating a feat he’d demonstrated in 2007. “It takes a lot more to fly the F-18 as compared to a Falcon,” said Tata after returning to the ground.
The flight, piloted by Mike Wallace, saw Tata experiencing close to 7G — seven times the normal gravity force on the body. A known aviation enthusiast and a regular at the Aero India shows, he made the first dramatic entry in the 2007 edition, having co-piloted both the F-16 and F-18 on successive days.
11/02/11 Business Standard

Ratan Tata to fly F/A-18 Super Hornet at Aero India

Bangalore: Tata Group chairman, Ratan Tata, who is a keen aviation enthusiast, is not a man to miss Aero India and will fly in Boeing’s fighter jet F/A-18 Super Hornet on Thursday at the biennial event.
Asia’s biggest air show, Aero India 2011, started on February 9 and will continue till February 13 at Air Force Station, Yelahanka.
The F/A-18 Super Hornet is in the race for supplying 126 Medium-Multirole Combat Aircraft (M-MRCA) to the Indian Air Force under a 10.8 billion dollars deal expected to be signed in the next financial year.
Tata was among the guests during the inauguration ceremony of Aero India 2011. He was quite impressed by India’s own light combat aircraft’s fly-past and manouveres.
Previously, Ratan Tata has flown the fighter plane at the Aero India Air Show in 2009.
10/02/11 ANI/Economic Times

Boeing to showcase its advanced Super Hornet fighter at Aero India

Bangalore: US Defence major Boeing will unveil an advanced version of its F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter aircraft here at the biennial Aero India show starting Thursday.
“We are going to display a mock up of the Super Hornet international roadmap aircraft at the air show,” Boeing Defence, Space and Security India head Vivek Lall said here.
The International Super Hornet Roadmap features futuristic enhancements made in the aircraft for international customers and would also allow them to specify their requirements to be equipped in their fighters.
The Super Hornet is in the race for supplying 126 Medium-Multirole Combat Aircraft (M-MRCA) to the Indian Air Force under a USD 11 billion deal expected to be signed by the end of this year.
The unveiling of the International Super Hornet Roadmap aircraft at the Aero India also signifies the importance attached to India by Boeing, Lall said.
The company has been developing the advanced aircraft for the last two years and has plans to provide a next-generation cockpit, a more powerful engine, missile laser warning systems, conformal fuel tanks and enclosed weapons pods.
09/02/11 PTI/Times of India