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Roaring flypast by IAF planes stun visitors at 69th Republic Day Parade

The flypast culminated with a lone Su-30 MKI, flying at a speed of 900 kmph, split the sky with a 'vertical charlie'

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

IAF's Jaguar planes fly-past during 69th Republic Day Parade at Rajpath in New Delhi. Photo: PTI
IAF's Jaguar planes fly-past during 69th Republic Day Parade at Rajpath in New Delhi. Photo: PTI

The roaring by planes drew a huge applause from the people gathered at to witness the Parade, even though the visibility in remained low due to dense early on . All eyes rolled skyward as the pulsating hum of the approaching Rudra formation, including three weapon system integrated choppers, reached the ears of the spectators. The Rudra choppers made their maiden appearance at the Parade this year. The formation, comprising three Super Hercules, roared past the Rudra helicopters, with people yelling and cheering the mighty aircraft. The airborne early warning and control system aircraft 'Netra', with a host of advanced indigenously designed and developed by the (DRDO), also made an appearance at the parade. Other aircraft that participated in the were Globemaster, Su-30 MKI, combat fighters Tejas, and The culminated with a lone Su-30 MKI, flying at a speed of 900 kmph, split the sky with a 'vertical charlie.' The restless crowd was stunned into silence as the aircraft ascended in the sky over with a deafening sound and vanished in seconds. Not a single eye appeared to blink as the jet, piloted by Group Harpreet Luthra, took a sudden perpendicular turn and vanished behind the clouds. But before one could even anticipate, it started swivelling downwards at a breathtaking speed, setting everyone's hearts racing as thrilled cries filled the air on the spectacular sight.

First Published: Fri, January 26 2018. 19:25 IST
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