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Aero India Show 2019 Might Host The Lady Astronaut

PW Bureau

Various Indian-manufactured aircraft will be on display in the country and abroad during the show. Till date, 31 aircraft have registered for the flying display and 22 aircraft for the static display Bengaluru: As part of a Women's Day event, Indian-born American astronaut Sunita Williams may possibly fly to India to attend the 12th edition of Aero India Show-2019. AIS-2019 will take place in Bengaluru from February 20 to 24. Air Commodore Ravuri Sheetal, Yelahanka Air Force Station Air Officer Commanding said "Aero India Show 2019 in all possibilities may host Sunita Williams as part of women's day special event". Various Indian-manufactured aircrafts will be on display in the country and abroad during the show. Till date, 31 aircrafts have registered for the flying display and 22 aircraft for the static display.

"A number of events have been planned for the Women’s day and being worked out already. There is a possibility that Sunita Williams, who went to space, would attend the event,"

Sheetal added that both the numbers are expected to increase significantly in the coming days. Williams rose to fame in the country during her six-month stay on the International Space Station in 2006, formerly the longest ever for a female astronaut. Women at the fore "A number of events have been planned for the Women’s day and being worked out already. There is a possibility that Sunita Williams, who went to space, would attend the event," Sheetal told reporters. "We are also planning flights by women in several aircraft. These are the proposals. Actual modalities have to be worked out." Close to 5.4 lakh people are expected by the organizers in the next five days. Aircraft taking part in the event include LCA, 317 Dacota, 230 MPI, Sarang, LCH, LUH, Donnier, and Hawk. Airbus 330 has also registered, both for the static display and the flying display. Sheetal added that apart from the Women’s day event, the participation of Hansa, a start-up day and innovators competition, will be the key highlight.