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February 07, 2011 16:14 PM

Agong Flown On Sukhoi Fighter Jet

Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin (left), giving a thumb up before flying off in Sukhoi SU.30 MKM. Pic: K. Ganeson

BUTTERWORTH, Feb 7 (Bernama) -- Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin was Monday flown on a Sukhoi SU-30MKM fighter jet in conjunction with his visit at the air force base here.

The aircraft, piloted by Squadron Commanding Officer II Lt-Col Mohd Asghar Khan Gauriman Khan, flew in a supersonic speed over Langkawi, Kedah and Penang and landed back 45 minutes later.

It was accompanied by another fighter jet, the FA/18D Hornet.

Royal Malaysian Air Force commander Gen Tan Sri Rodzali Daud told reporters Tuanku Mizan was happy and thrilled by the experience.

Earlier, Tuanku Mizan arrived at the base and greeted by Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Chief of Defence Forces Gen Tan Sri Azizan Ariffin and Rodzali.

He then inspected a guard-of-honour and was later briefed on the Sukhoi SU-30MKM fighter jet.

He also visited the fighter jet simulation and a static display of the aircraft before ending his visit at 2pm.



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