Republic Day: Indian Air Force readies for a roaring flypast

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The Indian Air Force has begun readying its aircrafts for a thundering flypast that shall be part of the Republic Day celebrations.

As many as 34 aircrafts shall perform various formations and manoeuvre during the Republic Day celebrations. This year shall see 19 fighters, 11 helicopters and four transport aircrafts enthralling the visiting public with as many as 12 aircraft on stand-by. The aircrafts participating in the flypast this year are Jaguars, C130J Hercules, C17 Globemaster, Su30, MI 17 V5s, ALH Dhruv, MI-35 (attack helicopters). The indigenously designed and built TEJAS aircraft will also see its maiden performance this Republic Day.

OneIndia takes a look at some of the dazzling preparations undertaken by the IAF flyboys.

Land of the free

Land of the free

A C-17 Globemaster rides between two Indian Air Force fighter jet practicing for Republic Day fly past at Rajpath.

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Home team

Home team

Indigenous fighter jets, TEJAS, during their maiden performance, displaying formation flying, whilst practicing over Rajpath.

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A modern Hercules

A modern Hercules

A lone Hercules c-170 carrier jet seen flying past the Rashtrapati Bhavan during the rehearsal.

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Slipstream

Slipstream

Indian Air Force Aircraft displaying perfection during a practice run today as Republic Day approaches.

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Chop, chop

Chop, chop

Three IAF choppers fly by India Gate during the rehearsal.

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Quinque

Quinque

Five Sukhoi aircrafts in an arrowhead formation during a fly past.

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Up in the sky

Up in the sky

Jets leave behind condensation trails as they move out of formation during the rehearsal.

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Pillar of freedom

Pillar of freedom

Sukhoi jets fly past the Jaipur Column outside the Rashtrapathi Bhavan.

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The giant on the winds

The giant on the winds

A lone Hercules c-170 carrier jet seen during the rehearsal.

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