A Blend of Tradition, Precision, and Patriotism Over Guwahati Skies
The skies over Guwahati were filled with roaring engines and awe-inspiring aerial manoeuvres as the Indian Air Force (IAF) showcased a breathtaking air display at the AF Station Guwahati, on 15th October 2023. This event was part of the 91st Anniversary celebrations of the IAF and was also an initiative of the HQ Eastern Air Command to reach out to the public.
The display featured a series of flypasts by various aircraft, including the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH), Dornier, Rafale, and SU 30. These aircraft executed formation flying, demonstrating the impeccable coordination and skill of the IAF pilots. The highlight of the show was the performance by the SARANG display team, which left the audience spellbound with their aerial acrobatics.
Air Marshal SP Dharkar, AOC-in-C Eastern Air Command, graced the event as the chief guest. The spectacle was witnessed by over a thousand spectators, a mix of Civil, State, and Defence dignitaries, children, and the general public from Guwahati. The unanimous sentiment among the attendees was one of admiration for the flawless display of flying skill, precision, and professionalism exhibited by the IAF.
A Brief History of the Indian Air Force and its Significance
Founded on October 8, 1932, the Indian Air Force has played a pivotal role in safeguarding the nation’s skies. Over the years, the IAF has been involved in various missions, both during wartime and peace, and has consistently showcased its commitment to the nation’s security. The IAF’s modern fleet, rigorous training programs, and dedication to excellence ensure that it remains one of the premier air forces in the world.
The SARANG Display Team: India’s Pride
The SARANG display team, which was a significant attraction at the Guwahati event, is renowned for its helicopter display performances in India and abroad. SARANG, meaning ‘Peacock’ in Sanskrit, is symbolic of grace and beauty, which the team embodies in their performances. Flying the Advanced Light Helicopters, the team has represented India in various international air shows, earning accolades for their precision and skill.
The air display in Guwahati is a testament to the Indian Air Force’s commitment to excellence and its endeavour to connect with the citizens of the country. As the IAF embarks on another year, it continues to inspire and instil a sense of pride in every Indian.