`Pushpak` arrives in Nashik after expedition

A fixed-wing two-seater chopper, `Pushpak`, was given a warm welcome when it touched down after flying 9,800 kms as part of an expedition.

Last Updated: Nov 18, 2011, 00:42 AM IST

Nashik: A fixed-wing two-seater chopper,
`Pushpak`, was on Thursday given a warm welcome at Army Aviation
Corps (AAC) base here when it touched down after flying 9,800
kms as part of an expedition.

Commandant of School of Artillery, Lt Gen Gurdeep
Singh and Commandant of Combat Army Aviation School, Brigadier
Rajiv Raina welcomed `Pushpak`, piloted by Brigadier AS
Siddhu and his team. `Pushpak` was escorted by Cheetah, Chetak
and Dhruv helicopters.

The expedition began from Bangalore on February 13
this year and `Pushpak` visited 27 Army Aviation bases of the
country before arriving here after completing its journey.

The expedition was part of the silver jubilee
celebrations of the AAC and also 100th year of civil aviation,
an Army release said here.

Pushpak was deployed in aerial surveillance operations
during the 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak wars, it added.

PTI