In celebration of the golden jubilee of the victory in the Indo-Pak war of 1965, the Army Microlight Expedition was flagged off on Saturday by Lt Gen Ravindra Singh Panwar, commandant, Military College of Telecommunication Engineering (MCTE), Mhow, and colonel commandant of Corps of Signals.
This challenging national expedition has been organised under the aegis of the Army Adventure Wing, which forms part of the Directorate General of Military Training’s adventure nodal centre under MCTE Mhow.
This prestigious adventure node specializes in the adventure sports of microlight flying (fixed wing aircraft and flexible wing aircraft) and has undertaken many daring expeditions in the past. They are popularly known as ‘The Mountain Eagles’.
The expedition involves a cross-country flight by a fleet of three fixed wing microlight aircrafts over a distance of 3,250 km in about 13 days. During the expedition, eight grand aero displays will also be conducted at Bhuj, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Bhatinda, Hissar, Patiala, Delhi and Kota to commemorate the golden jubilee of the victory in the Indo-Pak war.
The expedition route will take the pilots over deserts of Gujarat and Rajasthan, hilly terrain and plains of Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.
Possibility of inclement weather and gusty winds make this an extremely dangerous expedition.
Taking part in the trip will be experienced pilots of the army, including Lt Col MS Chawla (team leader), Maj Aby TM (deputy team leader) and CQMH Suja Ram. Other pilots include Col MS Randhawa, Col Ranjeev Singh, Lt Col SA Naidu, Maj SM Gupta (team doctor) and CHM Bahadur Singh, along with a strong ground support crew led by naib subedar MK Jana and naik Harjinder Singh.