BOE­ING’S NEXT-GEN TRAINER FOR USAF

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The air dis­play com­menced with flag bear­ing sky divers of the fa­mous Akash Ganga Team, who jumped off from an An-32 trans­port air­craft. In the fly past that fol­lowed, Rus­sian ori­gin Mi-17 V5 and indige­nous Ru­dra heli­copters (weaponised Ad­vanced Light He­li­copter Dhruv), the Dornier Do-228 pro­duced by the Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Lim­ited (HAL), the Lock­heed Martin C-130J and the Boe­ing C-17 trans­port air­craft par­tic­i­pated. From the fighter fleet, the air­craft par­tic­i­pat­ing in­cluded were the Jaguar deep pen­e­tra­tion strike air­craft along with the MiG-21 Bi­son, MiG-29, Mirage-2000 and the SU-30 MKI com­bat air­craft. The DC-3 Dakota, Tiger Moth and Har­vard of the IAF vin­tage flight, also par­tic­i­pated in the fly­past.

There­after, the in­dige­nously pro­duced Light Com­bat Air­craft (LCA) Te­jas car­ried out aer­o­batic dis­play to show­case its ma­neu­ver­abil­ity.

Dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tions, apart from air­craft, the IAF’s Garud com­man­dos equipped with state-of-the-art light weapons, spe­cial­ist equip­ment and gear, held the spec­ta­tors spell bound with their skills.

The Surya Ki­ran Aer­o­batic Team (SKAT), con­sist­ing of nine Hawk 132 ad­vanced jet trainer air­craft, “per­formed spec­tac­u­lar nine air­craft hor­i­zon­tal dis­play and dar­ing cross overs. The He­li­copter aer­o­bat­ics team, Sarang, en­thralled the au­di­ence with breath tak­ing for­ma­tion aer­o­bat­ics dis­play.

(TOP) DE­FENCE MIN­IS­TER NIR­MALA SITHARA­MAN WITH THE WOMEN OF­FI­CERS OF IAF DUR­ING RE­CEP­TION AT AIR HOUSE, NEW DELHI; HON­ORARY CAPT FAQIR SINGH OF 5 SIKH WITH AIR CHIEF MAR­SHAL B.S. DHANOA; (MID­DLE) FLY­PAST BY MI-17 V5 HELI­COPTERS; SKY DIVERS OF AKASH GANGA TEAM DE­SCEND­ING WITH EASE AND PRE­CI­SION; (ABOVE) FLY­ING DIS­PLAY BY LCA TE­JAS, IAF’S SU-30 MKI ES­CORT­ING C-17 GLOBE­MAS­TER III DUR­ING THE FLY PAST.

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