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Tendulkar may air-sortie in Sukhoi fighter jet

Pune: After conquering the cricketing firmament, Sachin Tendulkar may literally penetrate the blue skies with a possible sortie in a supersonic Sukhoi fighter jet.

"A proposal to fly Tendulkar in Sukhoi has been moved to the Ministry of Defence. It will materialise only after the ministry`s approval, Sachin`s consent and availability," Wing Commander S K Mehta, spokesman of the Indian Air Force (IAF), told PTI today.

He said there were many "ifs and buts" regarding the proposal which is at a nascent stage and no definite date has been fixed for it.

Tendulkar is the IAF`s brand ambassador and was conferred an honorary rank of group captain last year.

"Pune will be an obvious choice if this proposal is given effect," the official said, noting that a Sukhoi squadron of the Air Force is based in the city.

President Pratibha Patil had also taken a flight in the fighter jet from here last year.

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