HYDERABAD: Olympic bronze medallist shuttler Saina Nehwal on Friday experienced the thrill of flying in an Indian Air Force aircraft, and described the experience as "dream come true".
She flew in 'Kiran Jet Trainer' for about 20 minutes, after taking off from the training academy in Dindigul on the outskirts of the city.
"It's a great honour. It was dream come true for me to fly. Everyone in their childhood dream of joining either Air Force or Army. We dream of becoming one of them.
"I never thought I would get an opportunity to fly. It was such a great experience. This encourages me to do even better in badminton," Saina told reporters after the sortie.
In Image: Indian badminton player and Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal, center, walks with group captain Nagesh Kapoor, right, and Bharti, deputy commandant of the air force academy in Dundigal, after flying in a Kiran Mk-1 aircraft of the Indian air force (IAF) at Dundigal, on the outskirts of Hyderabad, India, Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. Nehwal flew the aircraft on invitation from the IAF as part of a felicitation held to celebrate her recent Olympic achievement.
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