B'lore Engineering Student Wins Contest, Flies Gripen

22-year-old Shashank HR, a student of a Bangalore engineering college flew in the Gripen on February 13 after successfully going through a series of steps in the Gripen Top Guns contest which was held as part of Aero India 2011. Shashank emerged as the Gripen India Top Gun in the month long contest organized Sweden's Saab for Indian combat aircraft followers and those with a dream to fly a fighter aircraft. The top 5 finalists from across the country tested their skills on the Gripen simulator on Saturday and were judged by four top Indian and Swedish test pilots on their aircraft handling and combat skills.

Congratulations Shashank!

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