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After sealing the $12-billion jumbo deal to buy Anglo-Dutch steel-maker Corus, Tata Group chairman Ratan Tata pulled off another surprise by flying a fighter jet at the Aero India Show in Bangalore on Thursday.
Tata, 69, undertook the feat during the Bangalore air show, in which the makers of F-16 – US-based aerospace major Lockheed Martin – participated.
“He (Tata) has undergone medical check-up, briefing and ground training,” a source told PTI ahead of the flight scheduled on Thursday afternoon.
The Tatas are not new to aviation. Ratan Tata’s predecessor JRD Tata is celebrated as father of India’s civil aviation. JRD Tata had launched Tata Airlines in 1932, which was nationalised in 1953 and rechristened Air-India.
“I donâ€™t get spare time, but whatever time I have is spent flying. I am a trained pilot for both planes and helicopters,” Tata had earlier said.
Though Tata Group now holds under 10 per cent stake in no-frills carrier SpiceJet, Ratan Tata has ruled out plans to enter the civil aviation space. Ratan Tata himself flies the Falcon 200 owned by group company Indian Hotels.