IAF Suryakiran Aerobatic show in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Sep 24: As part of Platinum Jubilee celebrations of Indian Air Force (IAF), the Suryakiran Aerobatics team of IAF, one of three renowned nine aircraft formation aerobatic teams of the world, today performed at Air Force station here.

It was also part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of Srinagar station, an IAF spokesman said.

The sky turned colourful after the SKAT consisting of nine Aircraft mesmerized the people with their breath taking aerobatic display, where a large number of people, including students from different where a large number of people, including students from different schools were present.

Today's display marked the beginning of host of celebrations towards platinum jubilee of the Indian Air Force and Diamond Jubilee of Air Force Station Srinagar, he said.

The first half of the display routine included turns, wingovers, loops and barrel rolls in various nine aircraft formations.

During the second half, the formation splits into two groups to carry out a variety of maneuvers like splits, level and rolling crosses, inverted runs, the heart loop.

During the display the team operated with such split-second precision, demanding peak performance from both man and machine every time leaving no room for error or doubt.

This was be followed by the weapon assisted drill performance by the famous Air Warrior Drill Team consisting of 17 Air Warriors.

Then there was a static display of the aircraft and other weapon systems near the display area.

Air Force Museum was be opened to the public, including students of different schools besides families of Airforce personnel.

Flying of an indigenous basic jet trainer, the KIRAN MK II was part of the celebrations.

The red and white painted KIRAN MK II was being used by the IAF to train its fighter pilots in basic fighter maneuvers and weapon delivery.

He said it was designed by Dr Gadge, the then chief designer of Hindustan Aeronautic limited in 1960 and produced at HAL Bangalore.

This team displays all faces of the IAF's professionalism at the highest level and had showcased its skill across the span of the country from Dal Lake in the north last year to Trivandrum in the south and Chabua in the east to Naliya in the west.

Apart from the recent display at Chandigarh during the presidential fleet review of the IAF, the team had also participated in all six Bangalore Aero India international Air Shows in 1996, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007.

The teams had also displayed abroad at Colombo, Sri Lanka in March 2001 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Srilankan Air Force.

In 2004, the team flew the Indian tricolour in the skies of Myanmar and Thailand, while on its way to Singapore.

Group Commander S Bansal told reporters that pilots who participated in the display were trained for about six months at Delhi.

It only helps to improve the pilots skill, he said adding holding of such shows will attract younger generation to join the IAF.

He said there is hardly any scope for error and pilots always maintain distance by communicating with each other during the show.

UNI

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