Sasha first to fly F-16

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    There's something about tough guys on screen who fly planes – think Tom Cruise in "Top Gun" 25 years ago. Now, in Pankaj Kapoor's " Mausam", Shahid Kapoor, who plays an Air Force pilot, will fly an F-16 Super Viper. And that's a first, not just for an Indian actor, but for any actor in the world.

    Says the film's producer Sheetal Talwar, "No actor from any part of the world has flown an F-16.When I say Shahid will be flying the F-16, I mean really flying it and not just pretending to do so. He's undergoing month-long training in Bangalore in a flight simulator."

    Flight simulators are machines that recreate a cockpit for pilots to train in. Shahid will be locked in a flight simulator for the next four weeks, acclimatizing himself to the vagaries of a real fighter plane. He's undergone all the necessary medical tests and doctors' clearances to take that historic spin. On February 19, Shahid gets into the actual F-16 to fly the sophisticated fighter plane. He will be accompanied by an American Air Force pilot as a safety measure.

    Though the actor remained unavailable for comment, a source says he's as excited as a schoolboy about his brush with flying. His co-star Sonam Kapoor, we're told, won't be flying with Shahid during the flight. Tough luck, Sonam!

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...ly-in-F-16-for-Mausam/articleshow/7426216.cms
     
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    What a bloody lucky guy !!
     

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