A breathtaking display of sorties by fighter jets, transport aircraft as well as rotary wing aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) marked the 86th anniversary of the IAF. The Air Force Day parade, which took place at Air Force Station Hindan (Ghaziabad) witnessed flypasts by Sukhoi-30, Mig-21, Mig- 29, Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, Surya Kirans and Sarang helicopters of the IAF.
Meanwhile, President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah wished the IAF on the occasion of the Air Force Day. “On Air Force Day, we proudly honour our air warriors, veterans, and families of the Indian Air Force. They safeguard our skies with courage and commitment. The resilience, tenacity and zeal of our valiant air warriors is a source of pride for every Indian,” said Kovind.
“A grateful nation salutes our valorous air warriors and their families on Air Force Day. They keep our skies safe and are at the forefront of serving humanity in times of disasters. Proud of the Indian Air Force,” said PM Modi.
“On Air Force Day, I extend my greetings to our air force personnel and their families. Their bravery and commitment to serve the motherland is unparalleled. It is because of their dedication and courage that we are among the top air force in the world,” Shah said in a tweet.
Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, Chief of the Air Staff reviewed the parade that was attended by serving as well as former air warriors. Vintage aircraft of the IAF such as Tiger Moth, Harvard vintage aircraft, Dorniers and Dakotas also took to skies during the two-hour-long ceremony. “The air display will commence with a flag bearing skydivers of famous Akash Ganga Team, who will jump from an An-32 aircraft. Flypast will comprise of Mi-17 V5 and Rudra helicopters, Dornier, C-130J and C-17 transport aircraft, Jaguar, Bison, MiG-29, Mirage-2000 and SU-30 MKI fighter aircraft,” an IAF press release said.
India’s home-developed Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas also carried out an aerobatic display in front of the audience. The Surya Kiran Aerobatics Team (SKAT), comprising on nine Hawk 132 aircraft and the Helicopter aerobatics team, Sarang enthralled the audience with breathtaking formation aerobatics display.