Shahid Kapoor (Mausam Movie Poster)

Shahid Kapoor, who plays an Air Force pilot in dad Pankaj Kapur’s Mausam, played a pilot in real life too when he flew an F16 aeroplane on 12th February at the Indian Air Force Station at Yelahanka near Bangalore. The Aero India 2011 air show took place there from February 9 to 13 and Shahid flew the F16 as part of the show. It was not easy for the actor to get permission to pilot the plane as the Air Force rules and regulations are very strict. Besides training and flying an F16 in an F16 simulator before actually piloting a real plane, Shahid had to follow a lot of other do’s and don’ts before he could occupy the pilot’s seat. He spent four hours at a suburban hospital where he underwent stress tests and blood tests a day before the flight and only after that was he declared fit to fly. He stopped drinking any liquid four hours before his flight was scheduled. He also ate just two chocolate bars in the 16 hours before the takeoff. The chocolate was provided by the Air Force people. He could not apply any oil or gel to his hair and he was precluded from wearing any jewellery when he occupied the pilot’s seat. The clothes and shoes he wore at that time were provided by the Air Force authorities.

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