Ayesha Aziz, a 21 year-old girl from Kashmir recently got her commercial licence and now she is planning to fly a MIG-29 fighter jet at Russia’s Sokul airbase.
If she succeeds, she will become the youngest Indian girl 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.
“So, that is going to be the next expedition – to fly the MIG-29 fighter jet,” she added.
The Journey of Ayesha Aziz:
At 16, Ayesha was given a student pilot licence by the prestigious Bombay Flying Club.
In 2012, she completed a two-month advanced space training course at NASA.
She was among the three Indians chosen. Her inspiration is Indian-origin astronaut Sunita Williams.
Ayesha now plans to fly the MIG-29 aircraft at Sokul airbase in Russia.
Ayesha’s mother belongs to the Baramulla district in Jammu and Kashmir while her father is from Mumbai in Maharashtra.
“I am proud of her achievements. We want her to go higher and higher. She is my idol and she motives me, “, said Areeb Lokhandwala, Ayesha’s brother.
With the aim of flying fighter jets, her message to the girls of Kashmir is that they should chase their dreams and not let anything get them down, to have goals and achieve them.