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Warriors put up glorious show on Air Force Day in Ghaziabad

The air show began with the skydiving team of ‘Akash Ganga’ whose skilled paratroopers jumped off from 8,000 feet and landed at the Hindon airstrip.

noida Updated: Oct 08, 2017 22:09 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Air warriors showing their skills on the 85th Anniversary of Indian Air Force at Hindon Air Base.
Air warriors showing their skills on the 85th Anniversary of Indian Air Force at Hindon Air Base.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)

The air warriors put up a spectacular show both in air and also at the event venue, held at the air strips of the Hindon air base in Ghaziabad, on the 85th Air Force Day celebrations on Sunday.

The IAF showcased its front line fighters, reconnaissance, bombers and heavy lift transport aircraft in a series of aerial displays. The aircraft that featured in the air show included Sukhoi-MKIs, Mirage-2000s, Mig-29s, Jaguars, Mig-21 Bisons, C130 Hercules airlifters and C-17 heavylifters acquired from the US.

The series, included ground and aerial display by indigenous built Tejas, the light combat aircraft.

The air show began with the skydiving team of ‘Akash Ganga’ whose skilled paratroopers jumped off from 8,000 feet and landed at the Hindon airstrip.

The aerial acrobatics of vintage aircraft like the Tigermoth also enthralled the spectators and youngster present at the venue since early morning.

The show had a major part of the air display of acrobatics and battle tactics performed by LCA Tejas. Its first squadron was formed in July last year.

On the ground, the rifle drill remained one of the most favourite and widely applauded performance by air warriors on ground. The ‘Akash’ team of riflemen, carrying 5.5kg of 303 rifles, performed various manoeuvres and drills to attract a round of applause from the spectators.

The event also showcased the flypast by C-17 Globemaster, flanked by two Sukhoi-MKIs and other attack helicopters. The front line aircraft zoomed pass the parade venue, deploying anti-missile flares, and were air borne with timely precision from different air bases in north and western sectors.

The grand finale was aerial acrobatics by team of Sarang helicopters (the advanced light helicopter – Dhruv), following by breathtaking manoeuvres by the team of red and white striped ‘Surya Kiran’ aircraft acrobatic team of the IAF.