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February 28, 2009
Meet the first MiG-35 flying female!
23 February, 2009, 10:56
An Indian defence correspondent is on cloud nine after becoming the first woman to fly the Russian MiG-35 fighter jet. Suman Sharma’s chance of a lifetime came at an international air show in Bangalore.
As a defence correspondent, Suman Sharma is used to writing about planes, but after the recent Aero India Air show, it was everyone else writing about her, as shes made history by becoming the first ever woman to fly in a Russian-built MiG-35.
The invitation came as a complete surprise on what already promised to be something of a special day as she was at the show to take a flight in an American F-16.
”My physiological make-up was just for one flight, for F-16, for which I had been working for the last two years plus, but the MiG just came,” said Sharma, defence correspondent with South Asia Defence & Strategic Review. “It was like a reward for my first flight. They just saw my press accreditation and they came and asked me if I was carrying my medical certificates, to which I said ‘yes’ so they said they wanted to put me on their own plane and I was just too excited.”
Since taking to the skies in both aircraft, the question that's been on everyone's lips is which one is better, the American Eagle or the Russian MiG?
”I think they are just two different machines in terms of their avionics, but they are both highly advanced machines,” Suman Sharma says.
Asked which one was more fun to fly, Suman says to her both were ‘just great’.
”They gave me an out-of-the-world heavenly feeling and I just enjoyed both my flights,” she says.
Suman Sharma relives her experience in her mind every day. Her MiG certificate and badge, in recognition of her achievement, are rightly treasured.