A 21-year-old Ayesha Aziz of Kashmir could become the first Indian woman to Fly MIG-29. Ayesha got her commercial licence last week and now plans to fly a MIG-29 fighter jet at Russia’s Sokul airbase. If succeeded, she will become the youngest Indian to pilot the aircraft beyond the speed of sound.
“I want to reach the edge of space, for which we are talking terms with the Russian agency to fly the MIG-29″, Ayesha said as per a report in NDTV. “So, that is going to be the next expedition – to fly the MIG-29 fighter jet,” she added.
Ayesha started training when she was in school. She received a student pilot licence by the prestigious Bombay Flying Club at the age of 16. In 2012, she finished a 2-month advanced space training course at NASA. She is inspired by Indian-origin astronaut Sunita Williams.
“I am proud of her achievements. We want her to go higher and higher. She is my idol and she motives me,” said Ayesha’s brother.
“My message for Kashmiri girls would be to chase their dreams, to not let anything let them down, have goals in your life and achieve them”, said Ayesha.