Ambassador Tim Roemer and Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs Andrew J. Shapiro had a ride of a lifetime in a Lockheed Martin F/16 Super Viper and Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet respectively during Aero India 2011.
From Ambassador Roemer’s quick post in his blog:
Flying upside down over Bangalore at 1000 kph was breathtaking. The technology, ingenuity, and innovation that has gone into these fantastic aircraft is incredible. I could “see” other planes on the radar that were 100 kilometers away; slow down to practically a walk; and skim the surface of the earth as if I was flying a model plane. This is superior technology for our pilots and military. It truly was one of my most memorable experiences.
Via US Mission India/Flickr: U.S. participation in Aero India 2011 air show and aviation exhibition in Bangalore is the largest to date with over 40 U.S. companies. “The U.S. is committed to greater bilateral commercial collaboration and developing a strategic partnership with India that strengthens our global nonproliferation efforts, and creates trade opportunities in the defense and high-technology sectors,” U.S. Secretary of Commerce Locke said. Locke emphasized that the U.S. is committed to providing India with the most sophisticated technology and equipment. Album includes the inauguration and ribbon-cutting ceremony of the U.S. pavilion at Aero India, February 9, 2011.