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  1. 1

    Anonymous

    Only you truly deserved it…happy and proud gaata!!!

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  2. 2

    henty

    Awesome….Kudoos to u man…u earned it….cheers…

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    Anonymous

    For all the hard work that you do, this truly is befitting! Hope you get more such opportunities in future.

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    Anonymous

    very interesting
    thxs for sharing !

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    Anonymous

    Nice report…. Got my adrenaline rushi' on reading that report… Any news about the possible "winners"of the MMRCA???? Also, I wanted to know what's wrong with the painting schemes of our Su-30MKI????? They seem as if they have been patched, unevenly painted, Look black at places and dull all over. I had seen the same issues with our Mi-17s. Also, while all other planes in the show(as observed by me from ur pics) are grayish in colour while the Indian planes are a bit bluish…. Any specific Reasons????

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    Prashanth

    Oh wow, live the dream Shiv! Great writeup too.. btw, which were the other 4 that you'd flown in before the Rafale? Gripen, F16, and?

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    Shiv Aroor

    @Prash: Gripen, F-16, MiG-35 and F/A-18 (in reverse chrono).

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    Kapil Sharma

    Great stuff… Compare all your flights in one of the posts.. relive the momory

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    Anonymous

    R u sure u pulled in 9G's?? If yes.. then u join d unofficial 9G club and the rafael needs a check.

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  11. 11

    Mr. Ra

    A saga of weird but precious experiences. Congrats.

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  12. 12

    Anonymous

    Niiice ! thanks for the report !

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    Anonymous

    Congratulations!

    I understand each report on a flight will be favourable without much criticsm to not upset the vendors offering them. That is normal journalism. However is there anything you can say comparing the situational awereness on mission systems. My impression would be that the French and Swedes is at leats one step ahead of everyone else. Your impression?

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  14. 14

    Som

    I hope we get to see Rafale in IAF colours 🙂

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    Kartik

    Nicely written Shiv ! What were your comparisons between the F-16 Block 60 and the Rafale ? That would be a nice article, if you can remember the Block 60 flight now.

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    Anonymous

    Nice read, Shiv.

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    Vinz

    Its all well for the plane companies to fly out journalists on sorties.

    But I do wish journalist see the conflict-of-interest angles in these.

    I am sure a ride in the most unsuited MMRCA plane will be extremely exhilarating. How could one put up unflattering remarks about planes that are in the top tier?

    I am just happy the MMRCA selections will be done by professionals (never mind the babus).

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    Shiv Aroor

    Vinz: There are no illusions about journalism and its effect on the mmrca. second, i don't think there are any journalists (certainly not me) technically equipped to gauge a fighter's capabilities (as i've mentioned in the piece). from a television news perspective, the closer you are to your subject, the better. simple. i've flown five of the six fighters contending. there's no conflict of interest. it's about trusting your own integrity. if YOU have a problem with that, that says something about you, brother/sister.

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    Anonymous

    You're so lucky! Thanks for sharing the experience….

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    sanu

    Shiv,can u confirm an information that mmrca plane numbers will be increased from 126 to almost twice at 260 planes!i heard it sometimes ago.as the jaguars upgrade deal didnt succeed,there is more than chance that mmrca is also gonna replace em.dassault which was to upgrade jags qouted around $2.3 billion!!that means almost $46 mil for a single bird wid no major airframe,engine or any upgrades.wtf?dude,a single brand new f16 costs around $35 mil.!no doubt,iaf declined!Jags r well 20yrs old so,will barely last untill 2020.why wouldnt we go for a new plane which will last longer n also come cheaper!seeing the dwindling state of IAF,its the best way forward man!
    Peace!

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  21. 21

    sanu

    and yeah thanks 4 share ur experience wid us!cheers!

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    Anonymous

    am really glad it was you who got this flight, since you write so beautifully and have shared this experience with us. it was almost like we are with you in the cockpit. congratulations on something well deserved.

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  23. 23

    Dinakar Peri

    Congrats Shiv… sounds exhilarating nice work. Thanks for all the updates of the show as always…

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    Anonymous

    Shiv Wish you had the oppurtunity to fly the Typhoon then you would be only person to have flown all the contenders apart from the IAF pilots Gr8 going..
    I think India will get atleast 250 birds reason Mig-27 is agening as well along with Jags what say?

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    Fishbed

    @sanu
    Just read somewhere that IAF is thinking about getting the sanctioned squad strength up to 45. Could fit well in the scenario. More the merrier!!

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    Anonymous

    Congratulations…. so now its just the EF which is left.. would very much like to hear the final verdict on flight experience after flying all.

    SpArK

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  27. 27

    Sujan

    Whew! Shiv…and wow!

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    Anonymous

    Shiv,

    Do you realize what is so good about this report. I don't think you do…

    You have 'written' after a long time. For some time now your entries are photographs and links and nothing else. There is no opinion and engagement with your reader.

    Realize it or not but people come to your blog to read what you think (and what you know). I was going through some old entries on your blog and you did write long ones then.

    If I want photos and links then google is enough. Provocative titles and no elaboration is not enough. I visit Livefist to know what Shiv knows and to read what he thinks.

    Btw, this one was really good. Keep writing.

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    Anonymous

    stunning piece of writing. i take my hat off to you. i would nominate this for aviation writing of the year if there was such a forum. heartfelt kudos.

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    capital P

    you puked ??

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    Anonymous

    You beauty, you beauty. The plane, I mean. But you too, Shiv. Wow.

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  32. 33

    Anonymous

    One of the best articles you have wrote!!!

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    Anonymous

    Ah! my favorite MMRCA aircraft. But I also understand that the MMRCA that is selected won't fly from yelahanka but from LEH/Nyoma. And sadly from what we heard from there the Rafale did not do as well as the typhoon in the cold start trials.

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    Anonymous

    Congrats Shiv! Looking forward to an in-depth analysis. Thanks for such articles. Keep it coming. You have a loyal readership on everything that is of the Indian Military; Technology and Talent!

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    Anonymous

    Great article ! Great airplane ! Congrats !

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    Anonymous

    lucky sob. good writeup dude. the rafale sounds like a kickass machine. im sure you've also left a lot of iaf pilots envious. 😉

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    Rituraj

    If any Indian journalist deserves to fly all these fighters, its only you man, so much hard work and dedication and unbiased reporting in times when questions are raised on the integrity of journalists everyday!

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    Ajai

    Hi Shiv,
    Just read this piece… beautifully written. Too bad that journalists have stopped conveying the flavour of an experience the way you have here.
    I especially like the way you contrast Dassault's enigmatic silence with the shrill American platitudes that we get to hear so long and loud.
    Cheers,
    Ajai

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    Anonymous

    i second what ajai has commented. this is possibly one of the best bits of aviation writing i have seen in the last five years. really got the sense that we were with you in the rafale! grateful for the ride!

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    P.N.S.

    thanks for the artcle shiv,very graphic.will some one analyse the
    2 primary areas influencing fighters-(i)aerodynamics and (ii)
    energy states-how does the Rafael
    compare to the opposition?
    i am leaving out the other 2 factors avionics and weapons for the time

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    cosmicwarrior

    Completely jealous and at the same time very happy for you.
    I write my own blog…am a novice. I gather stories about heroes who have died in battle.
    Am an ex-army officer and wanted my kids to appreciate the sacrifices of our soldiers.
    I also wanted to ask for your permission to link to your articles in my blog, with your copyright info and credits.

    Thanks,
    Naveen

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    Anonymous

    For this great blog called LiveFist that you have created, man…i truly wish by my heart, you will in an FGFA on day…

    my best wishes…
    – Another Anonymous

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