1 Oct : The Indian Air Force celebrated its 76th Anniversary on 08 Oct 2008. An air display by 52 aircraft will form part of the Air Force Day Parade cum investiture ceremony at Air Force Station Hindon. Rehearsal of the air display will commence from 03 Oct 08.
Aircraft will fly at heights from 60 mtrs to 300 metres above ground level between 0830 and 1030 am from 03 Oct 08 to 08 Oct 08. The areas over which aircraft will be flying at low levels are Wazirpur bridge- Karwalnagar – Afjalpur – hindon, Shamli- Jiwana- Chandinagar – Hindon, Hapur – Philkua – Ghaziabad – Hindon.
BIRDS POSE A SERIOUS THREAT TO AIRCRAFT FLYING AT LOW LEVEL. EATABLES THROWN OUT IN THE OPEN ATTRACT BIRDS. TO ENSURE A SAFE FLY PAST, THE INDIAN AIR FORCE REQUESTS CITIZENS OF DELHI, GAZIABAD AND ITS NEIGHBOURHOOD NOT TO THROW EATABLES AND GARBAGE IN THE OPEN. ALSO, IT THEY FIND ANY CARCASS OUT IN THE OPEN, THEY ARE REQUESTED TO REPORT TO THE NEAREST AIR FORCE UNIT/POLICE STATION TO ARRANGE FOR ITS DISPOSAL
Air display will start with Para Motor, and NCC operated aero models performing prior to the sky diving display during which sky divers of the Akash Ganga team will jump from an AN-32 aircraft.
The Air Force Day Parade will commence with Ensign formation of three MI-17 helicopters in Vic formation trooping the Air Force Ensign at a height of 60 mtrs and sped of 80 Kmph, closely followed by vic formations of three each Bison (Mig-21), Vijay (Mig-23), Vajra (Mirage 2000) and Baaz (Mig-29) aircraft. This will be followed by three Sukhoi in Vic formation. The formation pulls up steeply in front of the dias carrying out an upward and outward maneuvers.
This will be followed by a display by the well known SARANG helicopter display team of the IAF comprising four ALH helicopters. The grand finale will be a scintillating formation aerobatics ballet by the renowned Surya Kiran Aerobatics team (SKAT). They will take off in front of the audience followed by a breath taking display of synchronized low level maneuvering in close formation.