As India is all set to commemorate the completion of 91st year of the Indian Air Force (IAF), over 100 aircrafts including the Rafale fighter jets will be incuded in a flamboyant air show which is to be held in Prayagraj on October 8, officials said on Monday.
About the air show
According to the officials, 120 fighter, transport and helicopters will be operated from 10 airbases including the air display at the Sangam area in Prayagraj on October 8.
The MiG-21 would be participating in the show for the last time and will also see new aircraft like the C-295 transport aircraft
120 fighter, transport and helicopters operated from 10 airbases including the air display at the Sangam area in Prayagraj on October 8. The MiG-21 would be participating in the show for the last time and will also see new aircraft like the C-295 transport aircraft: Group Captain… pic.twitter.com/2WhILuKPRv— ANI (@ANI) October 3, 2023
As per media reports, Air Marshal RGK Kapoor has already reached the Sangam area in Prayagraj on Monday with to address a cycle rally in a bid to spread awareness about the air show to be held on October 8.
It has been reported that a control room has been set up near the Kila Ghat for the air show.
Seating arrangements for spectators are being made by the district administration.
The air show will start at 2.30 pm on October 8.
What all did the Air Marshal say?
hen asked about choosing Prayagraj as the venue for the air show, Kapoor said Prayagraj was chosen for the event for several reasons, including the presence of the Central Air Command in the city.
“This year the Air Force is completing the 91st year of its establishment, to commemorate which an air show is being organised here on October 8 in the Sangam area,” Kapoor told reporters.
“Earlier our air show used to be held in Hindon (Ghaziabad) where only people from Delhi and its surrounding areas could see this air show. But this time we are organising it in Prayagraj. Since the Sangam confluence area is very large, a large number of people will be able to enjoy the air show here,” he said.
“For the first time in the country, an aircraft took off from Naini in Prayagraj in 1911. Prayagraj is the centre of India and Indian time is taken from Prayagraj. Furthermore, Central Air Command is headquartered at Prayagraj and Sangam here. For these reasons Prayagraj was chosen for the air show.”
“This (Sangam area of Prayagraj) is an ideal venue for any air show where a large number of people can watch the air show on both sides of the river,” he said.
Kapoor said Surya Kiran and Sarang teams will perform in a radius of about two-three kilometres above the Sangam.