Largest ever fleet of 75 aircraft with aerial view from the cockpit | Delhi News

New Delhi: The Indian Air Force (IAF) flypast on Wednesday was the grandest in the history of the Republic Day parade as the largest fleet of 75 aircraft, including newly acquired Rafale fighters, showcased the country’s air assets over Rajpath.
In a first, viewers were able to get an aerial view of the flypast as the Ministry of Defense broadcast its stunning footage taken from the cockpits of some aircraft. The IAF coordinated with public broadcaster Doordarshan to show the recorded in-flight videos. Beautiful visuals of different aircraft formations flying above the clouds were televised and also shown on large screens set up at the parade venue.
During the show, old and modern aircraft, such as Rafale, Sukhoi, Jaguar, Mi-17, Sarang, Apache and Dakota, presented different formations, including Rahat, Meghna, Eklavya, Trishul, Tiranga, Vijay and Amrit, on Vue central.
The country’s first female fighter pilot, Flight Lieutenant Shivangi Singh, who flies the multirole fighter Rafale, has become the second female fighter pilot to serve on an IAF roster. Last year, Flt Lt Bhawna Kanth became the first female fighter pilot to be part of the parade.
Flt Lt Singh, who is from Varanasi and joined the force in 2017, flew MiG-21 Bison before being inducted into the IAF’s elite Golden Arrows squadron of Rafale aircraft. The IAF is the first force of all three wings to have allowed female officers in combat and has the highest percentage of female officers.
The flypast started with the Dhwaj formation by four Mi-17 aircraft, followed by Rudra and Rahat with four and five Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) respectively. Next is the Tangail formation, which saw a Dakota and two Dorniers flown in Vic formation, as a tribute to Tangail’s airdrop operations during the 1971 Indo-Pakistani War. It was followed by Traan and Netra. Next comes the Vinaash formation made up of five Rafale aircraft, followed by the Baaz and Trishul formations.
In a tweet, Defense Ministry Senior Spokesman A Bharat Bhushan Babu said: “Cockpit view of Baaz formation comprising 1 Rafale, 2 Jaguar, 2 MiG-29 UPG, 2 Su-30 MI ac in “Arrowhead” formation at seven ac flying at 300m AOL (sic)”.
For Tiranga, five Sarang (ALH) flew in a ladder formation flowing Tricolore after the Varuna formation. In Amrit, 17 Jaguar planes made a figure of 75 to mark the 75th anniversary of Independence or Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.

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