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New Delhi : The Indian Air Force (IAF) is celebrating its 86th Anniversary on October 8,  2018.  In the last eight decades, IAF has technologically evolved and grown in strength to thwart any threat to the nation.  It is committed to safeguard the Indian skies and has played a key role in providing assistance to the people of the country during any natural calamity.

To mark the occasion and in keeping up with the tradition, IAF has planned a grand Parade cum Investiture Ceremony at Air Force Station Hindan (Ghaziabad).  Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa, Chief of the Air Staff, will review the parade. The parade will be followed by a breathtaking display by the Air Warrior Drill Team, which will showcase its weapon handling skills and carry out diverse manoeuvers with rifles.  This will be followed by a scintillating air display by wide range of IAF aircraft including our cherished Vintage flight.

The air display will commence with flag bearing sky divers of famous Akash Ganga Team, who will jump from an An-32 aircraft.  Flypast will comprise of Mi-17 V5 and Rudra helicopters, Dornier, C-130J and C-17 transport aircraft, Jaguar, Bison, MiG-29, Mirage-2000 and SU-30 MKI fighter aircraft. Dakota, Tiger Moth and Harvard of the IAF Vintage flight will also participate in the flypast, according to a PIB release.

Post flypast, Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) will carry out aerobatic display in front of the audience.  The Ambassadors of Indian Air Force, Surya Kiran Aerobatics Team (SKAT), comprising nine Hawk 132 aircraft and the Helicopter aerobatics team, Sarang, will enthrall the audience with aerobatics display.  After the parade, all visitors will also get an opportunity to witness static display of aircraft, weapon, radar and missiles systems of the Indian Air Force.


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