New Delhi, June 12 : The Indian Air Forces' helicopter display team 'Sarang' has been adjudged the 'Best looking close formation' aerobatic team at the ILA Berlin Air Show 2008.
Out of the five aircraft formation teams from various countries that are India, Switzerland, Austria, UK and Germany, the Indian 'Sarang' stood out conspicuously, doing the Nation proud.
It may be recalled that at the recently concluded ILA Berlin Air Show 2008, India participated in a big way. The Indian participation comprised, apart from DPSU's, OFB, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and private defence industries, Sarang helicopter display team and the Air Warrior Symphony Orchestra of the IAF.
Presently the 'Sarang' team of four Dhruv helicopters, 14 officers and 32 airmen led by Wing Cammander Shashank Mishra, having performed at Berlin Air Show, are participating in various displays in England.
They are slated to perform at Biggin hill Air Show followed by Waddington Air Show, Fairford Royal International and the prestigious Farnborough International Air Show before returning to home.
'Sarang' helicopter display team of the Indian Air Force was formed in March 2002 with the IAF of showcasing the professionalism of the IAF and the giant leap of Indian aviation industry.
The name 'Sarang' was chosen for the team, as peacock is one of the most enchanting bird, and epitomizes beauty and grace which are the hall marks of teams display. The teams' helicopters have been painted in a unique paint scheme which utilizes bright colours with a peacock form imposed on it.
The team formulated and executed a three helicopter display profile with little experience in the field of display in a very short span of time.
The first public display of the Sarang team was during the Asian Aerospace at Singapore in 2004. Since then, the team has graduated to a four helicopter team and has participated in numerous displays in India and abroad.