Mr MM Pallam Raju, became the first Indian Minister of State for Defence to fly in a Sukhoi-30 MKI. Also he is the youngest of Indian politicians to do so. Wing commander Amit Vij, who flew the sortie was all praise for the minister’s guts, grit and ease with which he adapted to the cockpit. Mr Raju was also comfortable through out the little over an hour sortie at an altitude of 35000 feet (11 km) and at a ground speed of 1300 kmph.
The MoS goes supersonic with the IAF
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