High-flyer Ratan Tata hits F-16 circuit

Aviation buff and Tata group chairman Ratan Tata will fly in an F-16 fighter jet at the Aero India show in Bangalore on Thursday. Mr Tata is among the few corporate chieftains in a list of primary defence and IAF officials, who will check out the multi-role fighter plane at the show.

The move to get Mr Tata to fly on the plane is being seen as a coup for the Maryland-based Lockheed Martin, especially after Mr Tata’s recent success with the Corus takeover.

The 69-year-old Mr Tata, a keen flier who pilots his own fleet of corporate jets that includes the Falcon 2000, has already undergone a fitness test for the flight, sources said.

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