As a part of silver jubilee celebrations of Army Aviation Corps the Pushpak aircraft, which was on an expedition, was flagged off by Maj Gen VK Naik, officiating GOC, White Knight Corps along with Brig VS Saini, Brigadier Aviation, Northern Command from Air Force station Jammu at a grand ceremony for its next destination to Pathankot. The aircraft took off for Patiala for a night-halt after refuelling at Pathankot. The aircraft, flown by Brig AS Sidhu, the seniormost test pilot of Army Aviation and his team, touched down Jammu technical airport and was received by Brig Saini. Pushpak was actively flown by the Army pilots in the 1965 and 1971 wars while manning the Air Observation Posts (AOPs) along the Indo-Pak border.
The aircraft selected for the expedition was extensively used in operations and is amongst the many Pushpaks flown during the 1971 Indo-Pak war. It has been mustered from the Patiala Flying Club and reconstructed with the assistance of Punjab Government and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) exclusively for this historic expedition.