Sep 3, 2010

IAF Group Captian Sachin Tendulkar

The 37-year-old Tendulkar was inducted into the Air Force as its brand ambassador with IAF chief Air Chief Marshal PV Naik doing the honours in a glittering ceremony at the Air Force auditorium.

India's batting great Sachin Tendulkar was awarded the honorary rank of group captain by the chief of the Indian Air Force (IAF) for his contribution to cricket.

Tendulkar is the first sportsperson to be conferred a rank by the IAF and the first personality without an aviation background to receive the honour.

Tendulkar, 37, was conferred the honour by Air Chief Marshal Pradeep Naik, amid loud applause from fellow officers at a ceremony in the Indian capital.

Group Captain Sachin Tendulkar salutes after receiving his honorary rank, New Delhi, Spetember 3, 20

Sachin Tendulkar being conferred with the honorary post of Indian Air Force Group Captain, New Delhi, Spetember 3, 2010

IAF Group Captian Sachin Tendulkar