Aero India 2009, Bangalore
We were sitting on the edge of our chairs! We were there, right in the first row, close to run way, witnessing an unforgettable, breathtaking and spectacular show of maneuvers by the magnificent flying machines. This was at the Aero India – 2009 at Yelahanka AF Stn. Bangalore.
The smooth take offs with a deafening roars, the upside down fly past; the dare devil pilots all, treated us to neat vertical climbs. One aircraft would touchdown and within minutes there was another which had taken off, a split-air maneuver and 360 degree turns… barrel rolls, half rolls… a Cobra maneuver… ballets in the air by helicopters of IAF… we could sense the adrenaline rush with each act!
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in the passes and tickets were issued to the visitors to keep a tab on them during the air show… the first time for an air show in Bangalore.
Suman Sharma, a commissioned officer and currently a flying instructor with the Indian Military Academy (IMA) at Dehradun, became the world’s first woman to fly the mighty Russian MiG-35 fighter jet at the Aero India international air show.
Security check carried out by plain-clothed, armed and wired security personnel from Israel at their display of aircrafts. No other participating nations were permitted this facility.
Protestors protesting against the ‘alleged arms bazaar in the guise of aero-show’ were rounded up by the police.
More photographs here.