R-Day: IAF planes roar over majestic Rajpath, spectacle stuns people
Thousands of restless people were stunned into a brief silence, their eyes rolled towards skies and ears buzzing to the humming sound as the Indian Air Force planes roared over the majestic Rajpath during the 70th Republic Day parade today. A huge round of applause broke the silence when four helicopters in inverted Y/Wine glass formation carried the national flag and respective service ensigns.
This marked the beginning of the flypast, a sought-after event during the annual Republic Day parade. Imaginations flew as people stood motionless. The Rudra formation, comprising three ALH Mk IV WSI helicopters, flew in 'vic' formation. The 'Dhruv' formation consisting of two advanced light helicopters and two armed version of the ALH named 'RUDRA' of Army aviation flew in 'Diamond formation'.
#RepublcDay Parade does'nt end before these aircrafts setting the sky on fire, here are the formations that roared through the sky over #Rajpath today#republicdayindia #RepublicDay2019 pic.twitter.com/VPr4WDmCpY— PIB India (@PIB_India) January 26, 2019
The Hercules formation, which consists of three C-130J Super Hercules, roared past the Rudra helicopters, with people yelling and cheering the mighty aircraft. A C-17 Globemaster flanked by two SU-30 MKIs of the Indian Air Force flew in globe formation at a speed of 500kmph while five Jaguar deep-penetration strike aircraft in arrow head formation flew at a speed of 780kmph.
'Netra', airborne early-warning and control system aircraft with state-of the-art early warning radar, and a host of advanced electronic warfare equipment also made its presence felt during the flypast. The flypast culminated with a lone Su-30 MKI, flying at a speed of 900kmph, splitting the sky with a 'vertical charlie.' Other aircraft that participated were MiG-29 Upgrade Air Superiority Fighters and AN-32 aircraft.