NEW DELHI: Star Indian cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni will soon don the flying suits, with the defence ministry clearing their flights in Indian Air Force’s mighty Su-30 MKI fighter jets.
"Our proposal to fly the two cricketers in the Su-30s has been approved by the Defence Ministry and we are looking forward to their flight in Pune soon," IAF officials said.
The proposal for flying Tendulkar and Dhoni was submitted with the Government by the IAF.
They said the dates for the flights have not been finalised yet and would be done soon depending on the availability of the two cricketers.
After India’s World Cup victory in April this year, IAF chief Air Chief Marshal P V Naik had said that he would seek special permission from the government so that Dhoni and Tendulkar could experience a flight in Su-30MKI.
"Tendulkar is already our Honorary Group Captain. Once both Sachin and Dhoni are free from their cricketing engagements, I will ensure that they get to fly Su-30MKI. They have done our country proud and it will be an honour for us," he had said.
At present, Dhoni is leading India in the three-match Test series against West Indies in the Caribbean and Tendulkar is on a personal visit to England.
Pune-based air force station Lohegaon is the home-base of Sukhois and VIPs including President Pratibha Patil and her predecessor A P J Abdul Kalam had also taken off in the mighty jets from the air base.(PTI)