PV Sindhu, an Olympic and World Championship silver medallist, is likely to create a new record as she may well become the show stopper at the 12th Plane Carnival in Bengaluru on Saturday. According to reports, the badminton sensation may be co-piloting a Light Combat Aircraft Tejas on the penultimate day of Aero India.ÂMilitary sources said Sindhu will be co-piloting a Tejas aircraft. However, there has been no official confirmation of her participation. Sindhu would be the first woman to co-pilot the â€˜indigenous iron birdâ€™ Tejas, according to the report.
Sindhu will be in the cockpit of the PV 5 or PV 6 trainer versions of the plane fitted with tandem seats.
â€œYes. We have been invited to the show in Bengaluru. We are waiting for the final programme,â€ Sindhuâ€™s father PV Ramana has told Manorama.
â€œItâ€™s a great honour for me to fly in a Tejas. It will be a proud moment and I am looking forward,â€ Sindhu said.
In December last year, Sindhu became the first Indian to win World Tour Finals with a victory over 2017 world champion Nozomi Okuhara. This was her careerâ€™s 14th title. Prior to this in 2018, she has won silver at the World Championships, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, Thailand Open and India Open. Dubbed a bridesmaid after falling short of gold on a number of occasions, Sindhu finally broke her jinx, screamed and sunk to her knees.