Send Reset Email. Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl. Karan Johar has confirmed the direct-to-digital release of his upcoming production venture. The biopic is based on the life of Indian Air Force pilot Gunjan Saxena who became the first Indian woman pilot to fly in a combat zone during the Kargil war.
She made history when she flew a Cheetah helicopter in the Kargil war and rescued several soldiers. The offer was initially turned down by the Canadian top brass but, luckily for Wade, Deputy Defense Minister Mary Collins was at the event and helped get it signed off. With Anatoly Kvochur still recovering from his bailout in Paris, his colleague Valery Menitsky would fly in the back seat, but he spoke very little English.
The preflight brief was limited — no details were given about take-off, landing, or flap speeds. Wade assumed Menitsky would handle that.
With 10 minutes to prepare, there was now some concern on the Canadian side that the flight might not be such a good idea after all.
Once in the jet, Wade was determined to use his experience as a CF demonstration pilot to evaluate the MiG and aimed to replicate parts of his own minute low-level aerobatic routine for comparison. This video shows Wade at work in his CF during an air display:. Wade was told by Menitsky that he was happy for him to take-off. Wade still had no idea of take-off speed, let alone the fuel load of the jet he was sat in.
Once airborne, Wade decided he wanted to perform a roll at the top of the climb-out. After another vertical climb, it was time to attempt some hard maneuvering, including maximum stick deflection, rolling in both directions.
It provides some fascinating details about lesser-known aspects of the YF , an aircraft that was packed with new technologies , in a similar manner as to how an F test pilot recently explained the incredible flight control system on that jet, which was the end result of Lockheed winning the Advanced Tactical Fighter tender.
Some of the highlights include the "accel-decel throttle' that allowed pilots to fly the aircraft via controlling its speed instead of thrust via the throttle. This dynamic auto-throttle-like setup was apparently really intuitive and helped pilots keep their attention on other pressing tasks, like looking out of the cockpit, instead of trying to maintain the kinetic state.
Martin notes that controlling the YF's speed traditionally was a bit of a hassle as it was so 'slippery' that it could accelerate away as a result of just a moment of inattention. Tiny air data pressure holes replaced pitot tubes for primary air sensor data on the YF There is also the possibility that this footage could be from some sort of combat search and rescue exercise.
The face of the pilot, who is seen in a seated position on the ground at the end of the video, is obscured. There are no obvious landmarks in the desolate landscape to readily identify where the video was shot. The Hind does not appear to have any clear markings, but does have the same camouflage scheme as examples that the Libyan National Army LNA operates.
The Hind helicopter seen in the video of the Russian-speaking pilot on the ground purportedly after their aircraft crashed Libya. The Mi is an attack helicopter, but also features a unique passenger compartment in the central fuselage.
This makes it particularly well suited to combat search and rescue missions, among others. As already noted, the helmet, which has five visible ports on top, is commonly used by pilots flying various Soviet-era combat jets, as well as newer Russian-made designs.
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