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Tendulkar made Honorary Group Captain at 83rd IAF Day celebrations

Sachin Tendulkar was honoured by being made an Honorary Group Captain of the Indian Air Force at the 83rd Indian Air Force Day celebrations at the Hindon Air Base on Thursday.

cricket Updated: Oct 08, 2015 22:10 IST

Former Indian cricketer and honorary Indian Air Force (IAF) officer Sachin Tendulkar, seated, attends the Air Force Day parade at Hindon Air Force base near New Delhi, on October 8, 2015.(AP)

Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar was honoured by being made an Honorary Group Captain of the Indian Air Force at the 83rd Indian Air Force Day celebrations at the Hindon Air Base on Thursday.

The Master Blaster, now retired from international cricket, thus became the first sportsperson to be made an Honorary Group Captain in the Indian Air Force.

IAF Honorary Group Captain Sachin Tendulkar and Navy Chief Admiral RK Dhowan, left, during the 83rd Air Force Day Parade in Hindon, on October 8, 2015. (Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)

A highlight of the event was the announcement by Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Chief of Air Staff, that women pilots will soon fly fighter jets of the Indian Air Force. “We have women pilots flying transport aircraft and helicopters, we are now planning to induct them into the fighter stream to meet the aspirations of the young women of India,” said Air Chief Marshal Raha in his address.

IAF Honorary Group Captain Sachin Tendulkar and Navy Chief Admiral RK Dhowan during the 83rd Air Force Day Parade in Hindon, on October 8, 2015. (Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)

In a brief interaction with a few journalists, Tendulkar said he wanted to bring his son, who loves the IAF, along but could not. Tendulkar also ruled out the possibility of him flying in a Sukhoi fighter jet soon.

The three Service Chiefs and their wives along with Honorary Group Captain Sachin Tendulkar during the 83rd Air Force Day Parade at Hindon Air Force Station in Ghaziabad, on October 8, 2015. (PTI Photo)

The Master Blaster also took to Twitter to express his gratitude towards the Indian Air Force and the service rendered by them towards the country.

Dressed in his IAF uniform, Tendulkar witnessed a splendid air show at the base with various aircraft doing stunning aerobatics in the air.

Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag, right, shakes hands with Honorary Group Captain Sachin Tendulkar as Navy Chief RK Dhowan looks on during the 83rd Air Force Day Parade at Hindon Air Force Station in Ghaziabad, on October 8, 2015. (PTI Photo)

He also posted videos of the celebration on his Instagram account.

At #IAFDay celebrations at Hindon Air Base

A video posted by Sachin Tendulkar (@sachintendulkar) on

Videos from the #IAFDay Celebrations at Hindon Air Base

A video posted by Sachin Tendulkar (@sachintendulkar) on