On invitation from Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Kiren Rijiju (46), Minister of State for Home Affairs, flew in an IAF fighter on May 18, 2016. Rijiju flew out of Halwara in Punjab in a Sukhoi or Su-30 for a 30 minute sortie in the supersonic jet to get a better idea of the work fighter pilots do. Other non-IAF dignitaries who have flown fighter jets include former Presidents APJ Abdul Kalam and Prathiba Patil and former Defence Minister George Fernandes.