Air Force Day Parade 2018
The Indian Air Force celebrated its 86th Anniversary on October 8, 2018. In the last eight decades, IAF has technologically evolved and grown in strength to thwart any threat to the nation. It is committed to safeguard the Indian skies and has played a key role in providing assistance to the people of the country during any natural calamity. Professionalism displayed by air-warriors during various international exercises reaffirms IAF's ability to be an effective net security provider. On this day, all men and women of IAF paid rich tribute to the untiring efforts and supreme sacrifice made by veterans, who laid a strong foundation for the service.
To mark the occasion and in keeping up with the tradition, IAF held a grand Parade-cum-Investiture Ceremony at Air Force Station Hindan (Ghaziabad). Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, Chief of the Air Staff reviewed the Parade. Various dignitaries and veterans participated in the celebrations. The Parade was followed by a breath taking display by the Air Warrior Drill Team, wherein the team showcased their weapon handling skills and carried out diverse manoeuvers with their rifles. This was followed by a scintillating air display by wide range of IAF aircraft including our cherished Vintage flight.
The air display commenced with flag bearing sky divers of famous Akash Ganga Team, who jumped from an AN-32 aircraft. The Flypast comprised 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. Dakota, Tiger Moth and Harvard of the IAF Vintage flight also participated in the flypast. Post flypast, Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) carried out aerobatic display in front of the audience. The Ambassadors of Indian Air Force, Surya Kiran Aerobatics Team (SKAT), comprising on nine Hawk 132 aircraft and the Helicopter aerobatics team, Sarang enthralled the audience with breath taking formation aerobatics display. After the Parade, all visitors also got an opportunity to witness static display of aircraft, weapon, radar and missiles systems of the Indian Air Force.
- PRO Air Force
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