The Indian Air Force bid adieu to the MI-8 helicopter, also known as the PRATAP in the phasing out ceremony in Bengaluru. MI-8 served for 45 years after its induction into the Indian Air Force helicopter inventory in 1972. The MI-8 helicopter arrived in India in 1971. Between 1971 and 1988, the IAF inducted 107 MI-8 helicopters, rechristened as the PRATAP. The phasing out ceremony was attended by veterans headed by former IAF chief, Air Chief Marshal Fali Homi Major (retd.), who flew the last MI-8 mission along with CO 112 Helicopter Unit.