Wednesday, February 16, 2011
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Monday, February 14, 2011
The F-16IN Super Viper was flown by Lockheed Martin's test pilot Paul 'Bear' Randall on mission mode and was escorted by another F-16 flown by test pilot Jim Hedges and a US Air Force pilot.
"Though Kapoor didn't take controls of the aircraft mid-air, the flight was operated on mission mode for about 40 minutes with AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Array) radar," a company spokesperson told IANS.
Prior to the flight on the fourth day of the five-day biennial mega air show, Kapoor underwent mandatory health check-ups and was found fit to fly in the combat aircraft.
"It's a huge honour and privilege to fly such a magnificent aircraft. I wanted to have real-time experience of flying a fighter before action in the movie," the 30-year-old actor said.
A couple of hours before the take-off, Kapoor was familiarised with the operations of the aircraft and made to 'fly' it in a simulator by Lockheed Martin's test pilots and engineers.
"I have been preparing for this event with rigorous training over the last one month. The tests included flying at a very high velocity and making sure I would not suffer from motion sickness," Kapoor recalled.
Kapoor is the latest to join the likes of Tata group chairman Ratan Tata, IAF Wing Commander (Retd) Rakesh Sharma and Lok Sabha member from Haryana Navin Jindal to have flown in the tandem-seater fly-by-wire supersonic F-16
"It's a great experience and I learnt how to fly a fighter. Paul (the pilot) gave me lot of tips about flying such an awesome military aircraft and I am thankful to Lockheed Martin," he said.
The US-based Lockheed's F-16 is in contention for the estimated $10-billion Indian tender to supply 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) to the IAF along with five global aerospace majors -- F/A-18 Super Hornet of Boeing, Gripen of Saab, Rafale of French Dassault, Typhoon of Eurofighter and MiG-35 of Russian MiG Corporation.
"Mausam" is being directed by Shahid's father Pankaj Kapoor, in which the younger would play the role of a fighter pilot opposite Sonam Kapoor. The film is due for release in July.
Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni too visited the air show at the closing hours and went around the base where various aircraft and helicopters were on display.
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Shahid Kapoor flies F 16 aircraft India show in Bangalore
Shahid Kapoor at Aero-India show
It was a 40-minute flight which had its share of turns, loops and tailspins.
“I wanted to get a first-hand experience of flying on a fighter aircraft. Thanks to Lockheed Martin, I have had the privilege of becoming the first actor to fly the F-16. Such an opportunity doesn’t come by as a civilian,” Shahid told the reporters after the flight.
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Monday, February 07, 2011
Kapoor will take a joy ride on the fighter jet of US aerospace major Lockheed Martin, with a pilot giving him company in the cockpit Feb 12 at the show, a company official said here Saturday.
"It is a huge honour and privilege and at the same time probably the coolest thing I've done yet in life... I am super excited about it," Shahid said in a statement.
"Shahid Kapoor, who is playing the role of an Indian Air Force (IAF) officer in 'Mausam', will be flying the F-16 at AeroIndia Feb 12," a spokesperson for Lockheed Martin said.
"Mausam" is an upcoming Hindi film directed and written by Pankaj Kapur, Shahid's father and actor, under the Vistaar Religare Film Fund banner. The film would also feature actress Sonam Kapoor.
As part of his role in "Mausam", Shahid has got acquainted with the various aspects of fighter planes and the IAF life by meeting air force personnel over the last year.
Tata group chief Ratan Tata has been the only other Indian personality to have flown the F-16 earlier. He flew the plane for 20 minutes in a twin-seater F-16 at the 2007 air show.
This year's air show will begin Feb 9 and go on till Feb 13. While the first three days of the five-day event at the Yelahanka air force base near Bangalore will be for business visitors, the last two days will be for the general public.
During the air show, there will be flying display of several fighter aircraft, including major contenders for IAF's 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft tender.
Among them are F-16s, American firm Boeing's F/A-18s, European consortium EADS' Eurofighter Typhoon and Swedish firm SAAB's Gripen aircraft. Only Russian MiG-RAC's MiG-35 will be missing among the flying displays in this edition of the biennial event.
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Saturday, February 05, 2011
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Thursday, February 03, 2011
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Shahid Kapoor welcomes 2 IT Officers at PC's Place?
Just about everyone must know about the recent IT raid that took place at actress Priyanka Chopra's home.
Just about everyone must know about the recent IT raid that took place at actress Priyanka Chopra's home. But what most people might not know is that instead of the actress receiving the IT officials at her raided residence, it was actor and alleged beau Shahid Kapoor doing the ushering honors! The officials taken by surprise for a moment almost thought that they had stumbled upon the wrong house (given their respective homes being but 3 minutes apart, quoting PC); turned out, they were at the right place after all.
It's claimed that although Shahid was at Priyanka's house, he wasn't the one who opened the door and greeted the IT officials. Some, in opposing all such buzz, have questioned how one can imagine a super star like Shahid, even if his presence were to be assumed at PC's residence, is expected to attend to door bells with the fleet of servants around... unlikely!
Nonetheless, his very presence intrigues the media. Speculations are rife that the two actors, who are 'good friends' are merely trying to spend as much time as they can together before Priyanka begins promotions for 7 Khoon Maaf. Since PC was gone for Shabana Azmi's fashion show, she and Shahid spent time later that night catching up after she got back. Hence his discovery in her house by the raiding officials.
While that is one scenario, there's also the case where such ideas are being dismissed. Piggy Chops herself has gone on record to claim that with her mother, who is the only one who lives with her in her house, being away that day, and Shahid being the easiest available (one recalls how in vicinity his house is) she called upon him for help in her hour of need, for "he was the only one she could think of then"...in her own words. She does not refute claims to his presence in her house, only reaffirms them on the grounds of his having been around to help her in the given circumstances.
The IT officials meanwhile may have shocked, but that didn't stop them from carrying out their investigation. Since it was supposed to be a prompt inspection, the security personnel at the building weren't warned ahead of time or given a chance to inform Priyanka that the officials were on their way up. (Which makes one inadvertently wonder how she had the time to inform Shahid and seek his aid?!)
End of the day, putting aside the mess with the raid, one has to sit back and wonder when these two will finally own up to being more than friends, as seems to be increasingly the case!
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Tuesday, February 01, 2011
"The only person who stays with me is my mom, who was not present at home and Shahid stays three minutes away from my place. So he was the only person I could call up then. So he was there," Priyanka told reporters at a press conference here Monday night.
When asked about the reported discovery of Rs.6 crore from her residence, she said: "My CA (chartered accountant) has given an official statement regarding that and personally my spokesperson has given you an official statement. It's shocking the way unsubstantiated news is making rounds as authentic news."
"You believe in rumours when they run it as front-page news, without checking its authenticity. Neither you ask the accused person whether the allegations are true or not, nor do you substantiate it with any paper work."
"I had never experienced anything like this before. Whatever happened has deeply hurt me and deeply affected me. I have already said whatever I had to say and we have continuously cooperated with the investigating authorities."
"As far as the discovery of Rs.6 crore from my house, neither I had so much of money under my mattress nor I have seen so much of money together in my life," she said.
The media then wanted to know even as she is one of the highest taxpaying actors in Bollywood, why did she come under the income tax scanner.
"As people say that it happens with big stars. I still feel proud that I am counted among the few highest tax paying bollywood stars and hope to be so as long God continues to give me the opportunity," Priyanka said.
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