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IAF celebrates its 78th anniversary today

New Delhi: The Indian Air Force will celebrate its 78th anniversary on Friday at Air Force Station Hindon just east of the Yamuna River from the national capital New Delhi.

It is expected to be a display of India’s air power beginning with a performance by para motor and powered hand gliders. This will be followed by sky drivers of the Akash Ganga Team who will drop out of an AN 32 aircraft bearing flags. The fighter flypast will be led by Jaguars followed by a MiG 21, a 29, a Mirage 2000 and a Sukhoi. The show will end with an aerobatic exercise by 16 aircrafts.

An air display by various aircraft will form part of the Air Force Day Parade cum Investiture Ceremony. The air display will commence with microlites followed by flag bearing sky divers of the Akash Ganga team dropping out of An-32 aircraft.

A fly past of three Mi-17 helicopters trooping the Air Force ensign will be followed by a formation of Mi-25 and Mi-35 helicopters. A transport fly past will be lead by a Dornier with two HS-748 and two An-32 aircraft in echelon positions on either side.

The fighter flypast will be led by formations of SEPECAT Jaguar, MiG-21 Bison, MiG-29 Baaz, Mirage 2000 Vajra, and the Sukhoi Su-30 MKI aircraft. This would be followed by a Su-30MKI performing a vertical charlie manoeuvre.

The grand finale would be marked by aerobatics by the HAL Advanced Light Helicopter equipped Sarang and HAL HJT–16 Kiran MkII equipped Surya Kiran aerobatics teams.

On this occasion Air Chief Marshall P V Naik spoke exclusively to CNN-IBN and said India’s border with China is a top priority.

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