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Not just high-altitude chikki

Feb 13, 2007

Will an empowered and independent committee mandated with dissecting the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) be able to cure half a century’s legacy of mismanagement and stagnation? That’s a tough call, but considering that the DRDO has adroitly drawn…

Enter chopper pilot as air chief

Enter chopper pilot as air chief

Feb 13, 2007

God is not a fighter pilot. That is the punch line to an old joke in the Indian Air Force. That one line is today superbly ironic. The new chief of air staff designate, Air Marshal Fali Major, does not…

Test-flying the F/A-18 Super Hornet

Test-flying the F/A-18 Super Hornet

Feb 13, 2007

As I crouched, foetus-like, on a sustained 7.5-G loop in a fighter at 9,000 feet, I knew the best was yet to come. My US Navy pilot commander Lt Matthew “Bloody” Stoll tore our F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter into a…

Farewell, Foxbat

Farewell, Foxbat

Jan 16, 2007

April 16, 2006The air force station at Bareilly is like any other airbase in the country. Clean, well maintained, neatly pruned hedges, shining insignias and signs all around, even flowers blooming in the summer heat. Everyone here likes it this…

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