The Indian Air Force on 8 oct,2016 celebrated its 84th anniversary at the Hindon Air Base in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. And the Vayu Sena, as you’ll see, knows how to put on a show for its birthday.
Part of the programme was a bravura display of ‘aerobatic’ skill offered by a team of helicopters called ‘Saarang.’ There are four choppers in the team, and they broke formation majestically as A R Rahman’s ‘Maa Tujhe Salaam,’ played in the background. One of them rose sharply, and – in a heart-stopping twist – turned around to travel nose-first towards the ground.
The Saarang team is well-known for its aerobatic performances. But in June 2013, the team was in the news for something other than their magnificent display flying. After receiving an emergency summons, they abandoned their practice sessions at the Air Force Academy in Dundigal, Telangana, to rush to disaster-hit Uttarakhand, where they performed 140 sorties and rescued people stranded by floods.
On the occasion of its 84th anniversary, the Vayu Sena has received tributes from several national leaders, including President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Air Force Chief Arup Raha, who awarded the Vayu Sena Medals, the Vayu Sena Gallantry Medals and the Vishist Seva Medals at the Ghaziabad event, said the acquisition of 36 Rafale aircraft in the years to come could greatly enhance the Air Force’s operational capability.