SHE IS just eleven years’ old, with a dream to become a pilot in the Indian Air Force. But this gutsy girl is not just a dreamer.
She is busy developing her fourth aircraft model, which can perform aerobatics by remote control.
Sakshi's work was recommended by the Cantonment MLA from BJP Satish Mahana to President of India for a President’s medal on September 20.
She is making efforts to demonstrate her aircraft model in front of the President of India and the chief minister.
Sakshi Vidyarthi claimed that her new aircraft model, operated through remote control, was 98 per cent ready and would be ready for flying in a few days.
Sakshi shared her dreams with Hindustan Times and said that her aim was to become an Indian Air Force pilot.
After obtaining her engineering degree in aviation and aeronautics, she would put in her best efforts to be part of the IAF flying branch.
Grooming herself to be tough by practising boxing and skating, she also loves playing badminton.
A student of class seven with Kendriya Vidyalay (II) Chakeri, Sakshi likes science and English best. Her role model is famous NASA scientist late Kalpana Chawala.
Sakshi gives credit for her foray in aero modelling to her father MC Vidyarthi, a captain with 3 UP NCC (air), working as flight instructor. He is an aeronautical engineer from IIT Kanpur.
However, she also praises her mother Geeta Vidyarthi, saying “My mother is always ready to help me out and encourages me in my work”.
She was 10 when she created her first aircraft model and surprised everyone when her small aero product flew successfully on January 26, 2006 on police ground in the city.
The 20-minute flying of the aero model was witnessed by Chairman of UP Legislative Council Chaudhari Sukhram Singh and senior administrative officers of the district.
Captain Vidyarthi said that Sakshi had first evinced interest in aircraft and aero modelling, when she chose a toy aircraft at the age of four .