Air-Fest 2019 held in Nagpur

Air-Fest 2019 held in Nagpur Nagpur, Nov 10 (PTI)The 'Air Fest-2019' was held atthe headquarters maintenance command (HQMC) at Nagpur inMaharashtra on Sunday with a spectacular display of aerialmanoeuvring.

The event was part of the 87th anniversarycelebrations of the Indian Air Force and the 65th anniversaryof the HQMC.

'The objective of the Air Fest was to showcase the IAFwith a view to instill a sense of patriotism and motivate theyounger generation to join the IAF,' an official release said.

The show started with a formation of three Mi-17 V5helicopters in formation followed by an Avro transportaircraft flying low in front of the spectators.

The Mi-17 VS helicopters boast of high-tech machinery,avionics and armament to match the best in the world.

The helicopter along with its earlier variants hasbeen the workhorse of the IAF during peace and operations.

Similarly athrilling demonstration of para jump from8000 feet height by the daredevils of 'Akashganga' team whichlanded with precision on the designated landing ground, itsaid.

Slithering, a technique of quick insertion of troopsinto the combat area from the Mi-17 V5 helicopter by the'Garud' special forces of the IAF and capability of thePowered Hang Glider (PHG) was also demonstrated.

Besides,an aerial ballet by the four aircraft SarangHelicopter Formation Team and Surya Kiran Acrobatic Team(SKAT) display held the audience spellbound, the release said.

The Air Warrior Drill Team (AWDT) and synchronisationof movements between the men and their rifles was alsodemonstrated, culminating with a single SU-30 MKI flypast andvertical Charlie Manoeuvre.

After the Air Show, static display of aircraft andweapons was opened up to the audience. PTI CLSNSK NSK