Prez pilot sees mystery object

The pilot of the special IAF aircraft that flew President Pranab Mukherjee from Begumpet airport to Chennai on Friday informed the airport authorities that he had seen a mysterious flying object four-and-a-half nautical miles from Begumpet airport. The flight took off from Begumpet airport at 10.14 am.

A top police official in Hyderabad said the pilot had reported a flying object which was suspected to be a balloon.

Air power is the most capital-intensive means of war. A modern fighter jet now could cost several hundred crores and the prices seem to be rising exponentially.

I returned to India in August 1946 after serving in Burma and Indonesia during the Second World War.