Su-30s, MiG-21s, Chinooks roar at Srinagar airshow after 14 years
The skies over Srinagar roared on Sunday morning with fighter jets and Chinook helicopters showcasing adrenaline-pumping maneuvers at an air show staged after 14 years here.
The air show staged by Srinagar Air Base and the government is part of the ongoing celebrations of “ Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, ” officials said.
The IAF Akash Ganga Skydiving and Surya Kiran Aerobatic Teams participated.
The main objective of the show, under the theme of ” Give Wings to Your Dream ”, was to educate the young people of the Kashmir Valley and motivate them to join the Indian Air Force and promote tourism in the region they mentioned.
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Hundreds of school children and people from across the valley attended the event at the Sher-e-Kashmir International Conference Center (SKICC) overlooking Dal Lake here. It was reported by the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha.
The event began with the IAF’s oldest fighter jets, the MiG 21s, flying over the famous Dal Lake and in front of the enthusiastic SKICC audience.
The four MiG 21 fighter jets roaring in the sky saluted by turning right at the dais as they flew over, receiving thunderous applause from the audience.
He was followed by the IAF’s Akash Ganga Parachute Team, who performed thrilling maneuvers with their pilots jumping from the plane.
The 10-member team led by Squadron Leader Aftab Khan performed thrilling moves reaching speeds of 120 km / h as they made their way towards the ground.
As the team members opened their parachutes and deployed various formations, the Indian national flag, the IAF flag and the Akash Ganga flag floated in the sky. The team, which has various national and international records to its credit, has also formed a three-man squad in the air.
After the parachuting team, it was the turn of three Sukhoi Su-30 MKI jets to take to the skies. People were mesmerized to see the jets smoking and roaring in the sky in ‘Trishul’ formations and tumbling, rolling and spinning over Dal Lake.
The plane exhibited complex but sophisticated heroism, including flying in reverse and rolling right and left even as the bowl was small with hills on both sides. Showing her grace, poise and power, the jets spun rapidly at low speed over the lake.
With a looping-tumble-yaw then a vertical maneuver from Charlie, the jets danced across the sky firing flares before disappearing over the mountains.
Later, it was time to paint the sky red and white as a nine-plane Surya Kiran aerobatic team flew through it performing synchronous acrobatic maneuvers for 15 straight minutes.
Their arrow formation, diamond formation, Gagan formation, fulcrum formation and barrel roll captivated the audience who kept their eyes riveted to the sky.
The team has produced more than 500 screens in 75 cities across the country.
In the second part of their performance, the team brought the thrill closer to the ground – just 30 meters above and performed maneuvers that gave the audience goosebumps.
Towards the end, they formed a heart-shaped formation with a trail of smoke that received a huge round of applause from the people.
Then it was the turn of the powerful twin-engine Boeing Chinook CH-47 helicopters. They were the highlights of the event as they flew over the ” Char-Chinar ” – the famous four Chinars in the middle of Dal Lake.
Powerful military helicopters approached the ground near the audience and saluted the dais as the water below the lake was stirred by brute force from the two rotors.
The audience was enthralled as they watched the water dance under the helicopters as they pulled back the curtains for the over an hour long show.
Elaborate arrangements, including those related to safety, have been put in place for the smooth running of the air show.
An IAF Symphony Orchestra exhibit and a motivational photo exhibit on the history of the IAF were also part of the show.
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