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Fernandes successfully undertakes MiG-21 flight

August 01, 2003 11:08 IST
Last Updated: August 01, 2003 20:56 IST

Defence Minister George Fernandes on friday successfully undertook a 25-minute sortie on a MiG-21 in a bid to dispel fears about the Indian Air Force's fighter jet dubbed as a 'flying coffin' following a series of mishaps.

The septuagenarian minister, in a blue overall, accompanied Wing Commander N Harish on the flight over Kurukshetra and other towns of Haryana before touching down safely at 1010 IST.

This is Fernandes' second flight in a fighter over a month after his first sortie in a Sukhoi from Pune.

The flight was delayed by two hours following rain in the morning and was undertaken under cloudy conditions.

Fernandes told reporters after the flight that there were "attempts to degrade these fighters and I want to dispel apprehensions about its safety."

He said he undertook the sortie also to find out what problems pilots face in the plane.

Wing Commander N Harish said Fernandes was comfortable throughout the sortie though he himself was was a little "apprehensive."

He said he had been talking to the defence minister throughout the sortie, asking him how he was feeling.

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Sub: A shameful gimmick!

What I fail to realise is how one sortie in a Mig 21, by a defence minister can change the perception of the mass about ...

Posted by Kavin Bhonsle

Sub: It is not a guarantee.

MIG-21 is a proven disaster. His flying into one has proved nothing beyond raising the dust on the tarmac. Georgie has simply wasted his valuable ...

Posted by chanakya

Sub: George Fernandes flies.........

Will the Railway Minister follow suit? kumar

Posted by K.M.Kumar

Sub: So what if this guy undertakes a publicity stunt?

Frankly, this kind of media attention to George just for indulging in some cheap aerobatic stunts is disgusting. His flight cannot conceal the fact that ...

Posted by Shekar

Sub: What do u wanna prove??

Mr. Fernandes its easy flying in these MIGs for a joy ride and to prove a point but real heroes are those who r flying ...

Posted by Raj


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