Tigermoth main attraction at IAF parade
Hindon: The flight of the vintage aircraft Tigermoth was the main attraction at the Air Force Day parade here in absence of the grounded Suryakiran Aerobatic Display Team (SKAT).
At the dress rehearsal for the main parade on October 8, the Tigermoth, which is the first of the vintage squadron of the force, was the only new addition to the flying display team for the event.
As soon as the yellow-coloured aircraft took off, it was welcomed by a thundering applause from the crowd including families of air warriors and school children.
The IAF is planning to resurrect around six vintage aircraft as a mark of respect to its predecessors and includes a Wapiti, Howard and three other old aircraft.
The indigenously-developed Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft (AEW&C) along with the Russian-origin Mi-17 V5 choppers were showcased for the first time in static display area.
The aerial display has been curtailed due to the grounding of the SKAT as its Kiran MkII aircraft are now being used for imparting training to rookie pilots.
The IAF is in the process of raising a new aerobatic display team with Advanced Jet Trainer Hawk aircraft as an RFP has already been issued to the British BAE systems for supplying 20 new aircraft for this purpose.
The other aircraft which took part in the aerial display included the frontline Su-30MKI, Mirage 2000, Jaguar, MiG 21s and the C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft.