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All set for IAF’s 75th bash

Low-flying MiGs, Sukhoi helicopters doing acrobats and paratroopers spread all over sky; IAF's 75th birthday will be celebrated with grandeur, reports Atul Mathur.

india Updated: Oct 05, 2007 02:49 IST
Atul Mathur Atul Mathur
Atul Mathur Atul Mathur
Hindustan Times

Low-flying MiGs, Sukhoi helicopters doing acrobats and paratroopers spread all over sky; residents of Ghaziabad will witness a scintillating airshow on October 8. Seventy-five aircraft and 75 paratroopers will be part of the air display to commemorate 75 years of the Indian Air Force at the Hindon Air Force Station.

According to a senior air force officer, the flying display will commence with the performance by a Streak Shadow microlite aircraft, a para-motor and aero models. It will be followed by the paradrop of 75 members of the Akash Ganga team. At the end of the parade and the investiture ceremony, the air warriors drill team will put up a display, an official said.

The main part of the air display will commence with IAF pilots who recently created the world record for flying around the world in 80 days in a Microlite aircraft. It will be followed by a big rotor formation of one Mi-26 helicopter, two ALHs and two Cheetah helicopters. The Chakra formation by Mi-35 helicopters, spectrum formation by Avro, AN-32 and Dornier aircraft. A ‘mixed bag and Vulcan formation’ by IL-78 refuelling tanker and two Mirage aircraft will be other interesting stunts on display.

Mirages, Jaguars, MiG-21 Bison, Mig-23, Mig-29, Mirage 2000 and Su-30 MKI aircraft will also perform stunts. The show will culminate with a scintillating display of formation aerobatics by the renowned Surya Kiran team of nine aircraft.

“Preparations are on at war-footing. Seating arrangement for VVIPs, officers and civilians is being done at the ground where the parade will take place. Technical checks are being carried out. A high alert has been sounded inside the campus. Security has been beefed up at the main gate of the air force station as well as the near the base,” said an air force officer.

First Published: Oct 05, 2007 02:38 IST