Fighter manufacturers are seeking out celebrity endorsements this week. First, Brazil reached out to Tom Cruise to turn Top Gun tricks on the Super Tucano (see item below). Now, Lockheed Martin has signed up Abhinav Bindra, India’s first Olympic gold medalist — for shooting, of all sports — to fly around the Aero India air show next week in the F-16IN Super Viper, according to the Hindu Times.
Making the announcement, OrvillePrins, vice president (Business Development-India) said: “LockheedMartin is very pleased to have Abhinav Bindra fly in the F-16IN SuperViper. It is a perfect fit. Lockheed Martin and Abhinav share the samecommitment to integrity and the F-16IN and Abhinav have achievedabsolute excellence in performance.”
Bindra will be flown by a highlyexperienced test pilot with Lockheed Martin. The flight will lastapproximately 45 minutes. He will undergo the mandatory medical fitnesstest before takeoff and will also get a ground briefing before going onthe sortie.
Bindra said: “I was instantly excited when the offer to fly onF16IN came. I have heard about the adrenalin rush when the aircraftsorties in the air and am looking forward to experience it. I guess itwill be an encore of what I felt when I hit the target at Olympics. Ithank Lockheed Martin for giving me this honour”.