Heritage flying expedition commences to remember 1965 war heroes

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bathinda
  • Updated: Sep 14, 2015 20:35 IST

To commemorate the golden jubilee of the 1965 Indo-Pak war, a "heritage flying expedition" in a vintage Pushpak aircraft was flagged off by Lieutenant General DR Soni, general officer commanding (GCO), Chetak Corps, from here on Monday.

A spokesperson of the army said that this vintage Pushpak aircraft is more than 55 years' old and was designed and developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. It was used for air observation in the 1965 and 1971 wars. The aircraft has been rebuilt and refurbished to flying standards with no modern equipment.

"The aim of this heritage flying expedition is to honour the martyrs, who had laid down their lives during the Indo-Pak war of 1965. The expedition will also generate awareness among the present generation on the type of aircraft and difficulties under which our predecessors flew," said the spokesperson.

The expedition will fly all along the western border from Naliya in Kutch, Gujarat to Jaurian in Jammu and Kashmir and will culminate at Jaipur on September 22.

A total of 3,000 km will be covered by the vintage aircraft. The flying expedition team will also interact with the students and local youth at various places en route to showcase the achievements of the army during the 1965 war and motivate the youth to join the army. Pushpak aircraft is being flown by Brigadier AS Sidhu and Lieutenant Colonel Arvind Saini.

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