Aero India 2017: Daring feats leave spectators spellbound

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The biennial air show was inuagrated by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in Bengaluru on Tuesday. Being held at the Yelahanka base of the Indian Air Force on the city's outskirts, the 11th edition of the five-day aerospace and defence event has included civil aviation and airport infrastructure for the first time to showcase products and technologies and unfold opportunities in both the sectors.

Fighters of India's indegenous Tejas, Russia's Sukhoi SU-30, Sweden's Gripen, the French Rafale and the US F-16 stole the show with awesome manueveres and daring feats that held about 5,000 spectators spellbound.

Scandinavian air acrobats

Scandinavian air acrobats

A spectacular show by Scandinavian air acrobatics team at the Yelahanka entralled the spectators.

(Pic courtesy - PTI)

Scandinavian team at Air India 2017

Scandinavian team at Air India 2017

The feats by this team left the 5,000 odd people in awe.

(Pic courtesy - Anusha Ravi)

A Rafale fighter aircraft

A Rafale fighter aircraft

A Rafale fighter aircraft flies past in the Aero India 2017. Rafale is a French twin-engine, canard delta wing, multirole fighter aircraft designed and built by Dassault Aviation.

Equipped with a wide range of weapons, the Rafale is intended to perform air supremacy, interdiction, aerial reconnaissance, ground support, in-depth strike, anti-ship strike and nuclear deterrence missions.

(Photo courtesy - PTI)

Suryakiran formations

Suryakiran formations

Surya Kiran is an aerobatics demonstration team of the Indian Air Force. The Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team was formed in 1996 to serve as the 'Ambassadors of the Indian Air Force' and to 'showcase the professionalism, the caliber and the mettle of the Indian Air Force'.

(Pic courtesy - Anusha Ravi)

IAF's Suryakiran

IAF's Suryakiran

The Suryakiran team has since performed numerous demonstrations in various parts of the country and abroad, and was among the renowned nine-aircraft public display aerobatic teams in the world.

(Pic courtesy - Anusha Ravi)

Sweden's Gripen fighter at Aero India 2017

Sweden's Gripen fighter at Aero India 2017

The Saab JAS 39 Gripen is a light single-engine multirole fighter aircraft manufactured by the Swedish aerospace company Saab.

(Pic courtesy - Anusha Ravi)

Vintage planes take part in the air show

Vintage planes take part in the air show

The connoisseurs of vintage aircraft were also in for a treat at the Air Show 2017 in Bengaluru. A display by vintage TigerMoth reminded the spectators of a by-gone era.

(Pic courtesy - Twitter@SpokespersonMoD)

Flypast

Flypast

Three Mi-17 helicopters flypast carrying the Indian Air Force and Aero India flags at the inaugural ceremony of Aero India 2017.

(Pic courtesy - Twitter@SpokespersonMoD)

About 70 military and civil aircraft have flown into Bengaluru for flying and static display at the expo, which has also attracted about 549 firms, including 279 foreign and 270 Indian exhibitors to showcase their products and technologies for buyers and collaborators.

(OneIndia News with agency inputs)

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