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Dakota aircraft to make maiden appearance on Air Force Day

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

A aircraft will be participating in the Air Force Day 2018 fly past for the first time.

Other aircrafts such as Tiger moth and vintage jets will also make its appearance in the air show. Eight standby aircraft will be deployed in the air as replacements if any jet develops a snag. Prominent fighter aircrafts such as - Sukhoi, Jaguar, and MiG 21s will also participate in the air show. In all, a total of 28 aircraft will be participating in the air display.

A aircraft of 1940's vintage was inducted into the Vintage Aircraft Flight of the (IAF) in May. A large fleet of served in the IAF till 1988. It was one of the most versatile transport aircraft of its time.

To honour the first Dakota, which transported troops of the first to in October 1947, during the conflict, the IAF has allocated the aircraft with a registration number. Built in 1944, the aircraft served in the with the RAF and was also operated by various civil airlines.

The aircraft was obtained from scrap in 2011 and was restored to flying condition in the by Rajya Sabha (MP) for gifting it to the IAF.

Subsequently, the IAF signed a contract with M/s for upgrading its The CAS ceremonially accepted the aircraft into the IAF from Chandrasekhar in February.

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First Published: Wed, October 03 2018. 17:50 IST