Nashik, Nov 22 (UNI) A grand 30-minute air show was held here today to mark the first reunion of the Army Aviation Corps at Army Aviation Training School (CATS) here.
Punjab Governor S F Rodrigues was the chief guest of the function. On the occasion, the Army Aviation helicopters performed a breathtaking spectacle of skill, technology and military roles performed by the Aviation corps.
The Chetak, Cheetah and the newly-inducted Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Dhruv participated in the demonstrations. These included acts depicting their operational roles -- rescue, sending reinforcement, emergency, casualty evacuation, shifting of heavy loads underslung and slithering.
The fly past was led by a Krishak aircraft, the erstwhile warhorse of the Air OP, followed by the helicopters of the fleet of Army Aviation.
''Aviation is the arm of the future, its domination of the battlefield is imminent and inexorable,'' commented Combat Army Aviation Training School commandant Brig T S Gill on the occasion.
Mr Rodrigues admired the show and said it was spectacular. Many aviators, serving and retired, of the Army Aviators corps, and Army officers were present on the occasion with their families.
Meanwhile, foundation stone of the first ever Army Aviators' War Memorial, was laid yesterday at the hands of Eastern Command GOC-in-C Lt Gen K S Jamwal, who is also the Colonel Commandant of Army Aviation Corps.