Air Force Day 2018: Vintage aircraft Dakota poised for maiden appearance
New Delhi , Oct 3: Twenty-eight aircraft, including Dakota 1940 vintage aircraft, will be participating in the Air Force Day's flypast ceremony on October 8th. Dakota is flying for the first time in Air Force Day ceremony.
Also, Tiger moth and Harvard vintage aircraft will take part in a scintillating air display which is the hallmark of the Air Force Day Parade cum Investiture Ceremony at Air Force Station Hindan (Ghaziabad).
The air display will commence with flag bearing sky divers of famous AKASH GANGA Team dropping out of AN-32 aircraft in their colourful canopies, at 0800 hours. The flypast would include the vintage aircraft, modern transport aircraft and frontline fighter aircraft. The ceremony will conclude at 1052 hours with a scintillating aerobatic display.
Eight standby aircraft will also be there in the air as replacements if any aircraft develops any snag. Fighter aircraft Sukhoi, Jaguar, Mirage and MiG 21s to be present.
This year's major attraction is Dakota aircraft which will be participating in the Air Force Day 2018 fly past for the first time.
A Dakota DC-3 aircraft of 1940 vintage, was gifted by Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar to the Indian Air Force. Air Cmde MK Chandrasekhar (Rtd), father of Rajeev Chandrasekhar, handed over the aircraft to IAF on May 4, 2018, in Hindan airbase.
Dakota DC-3 aircraft
A Dakota DC-3 aircraft of 1940 vintage, gifted by Rajya Sabha member Rajeev Chandrasekhar to the Indian Air Force, was formally inducted into the IAF at Air Force Station Hindan in Ghaziabad (2018-05-04). PTI file photo
Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa greets Air Cmde MK Chandrasekhar (Retd) during an induction ceremony for Dakota DC-3 aircraft of 1940 vintage, gifted by Rajya Sabha member Rajeev Chandrasekhar to the Indian Air Force at Air Force Station Hindan in Ghaziabad (2018-05-04). PTI photo
Dakota served in IAF
A large fleet of Dakota DC-3 served in the IAF till 1988. It was one of the most versatile transport aircraft of its time. To honour the first Dakota which transported troops of the 1st Sikh Regiment to Srinagar on 27 Oct 47, during the Kashmir conflict. PTI Photo
Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa with Air Commodore (retd) M K Chandrasekhar during a function to mark ceremonial gifting of the Douglas DC3 Dakota to IAF, in New Delhi (2018-02-13). PTI