Indian Air Force to celebrate its 78th anniversary with massive air display

The Indian Air Force will celebrate its 78th anniversary tomorrow at Air Force Station Hindon just east of the Yamuna river from the national capital New Delhi.

An air display by various aircraft will form part of the Air Force Day Parade cum Investiture Ceremony. The air display will commence with microlites followed by flag bearing sky divers of the Akash Ganga team dropping out of An-32 aircraft.

A fly past of three Mi-17 helicopters trooping the Air Force ensign will be followed by a formation of Mi-25 and Mi-35 helicopters. A transport fly past will be lead by a Dornier with two HS-748 and two An-32 aircraft in echelon positions on either side.

The fighter flypast will be led by formations of SEPECAT Jaguar, MiG-21 Bison, MiG-29 Baaz, Mirage 2000 Vajra, and the Sukhoi Su-30 MKI aircraft. This would be followed by a Su-30MKI performing a vertical charlie manoeuvre.

The grand finale would be marked by aerobatics by the HAL Advanced Light Helicopter equipped Sarang and HAL HJT–16 Kiran MkII equipped Surya Kiran aerobatics teams.

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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