BENGALURU: As the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas roared in the skies over the government school at Tarahunase near Yelahanka, British Prime Minister Theresa May along with the schoolchildren waved flags and cheered.
During her brief visit to the government school, she stood under the sun with boys and girls for well over 10 minutes to witness flying display by the Indian Air Force. The school is adopted by the Embassy Group under its education initiative.
Soon after she arrived at the school around 11.30am, May visited the computer laboratory and library. “She asked us about the subjects we teach and the number of boys and girls in the school,’’ said the headmistress M Shobhadevi. “We are happy and honoured that the PM chose to visit our school,” she said.
The children were excited by the VVIP visit. “It is a special day for me as as I got a chance to meet the British Prime Minister,” said Anushka, an 8th standard student. “It was a great opportunity for us to talk to the PM,” said another 8th standard student, Mukesh.
IAF trainers flew in three formations, followed by a Light Combat Helicopter and Tejas. While watching the aircraft, the students were waving Indian flag and May was standing with them, cheering.
Land Speed RecordAndy Green, the British Royal Air Force fighter pilot and world land speed record holder, was at the school to interact with the children about his project — Bloodhound supersonic land vehicle — that is currently under development.
Andy holds the record of touching 1,227 km per hour and the project now aims to reach 1,600 km per hour. “Many Indian firms are involved in building the state-of-the art vehicle,” he said. Private firms have invested millions of dollars in the project and they are likely to be benefited from the spin-off technologies, while the project is aimed to promote racing worldwide.