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Old 9th February 2007, 19:33   #46
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Sankar, the road to yelahanka town i think is for the 200-300 ticket. for the 750 its straight back to the 6 lane devanahalli.

IJT did not fly today.

Ratan tata flew in the F-18 super hornet.

Best display was the mig-29.
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Old 9th February 2007, 19:41   #47
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just got back from it it was amazing the surya kirans perform at 3:30-4:30 the best were the mig 35,29 and the gripen and infamous sukoi.

ps:saw a cayenne turbo,range rover over there also saw the Humvee it was amazing it had even a m16 slot but the car has 25 feet turning radius.

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Some pics i took.






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Yes the detour was for 200&300 tickets. 750 exit open onto the 6 lane. Yesterday we didnt get to see the Migs, could be becoz of the IJT accident and one hour was lost there.





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I had been to Aero India 2007 yesterday with friends. A friend of mine got 4 free VIP passes as her uncle was one of the organisers.

We reached the venue at 10:30. Everywhere, we read that the acrobatic display will be starting at 11:00 in the morning and at 3:00 in the afternoon. Unfortunately for us, the Suryakirans performed before 11:00. We missed the performance of the suryakirans which was very disappointing especially for two of my friends as they had never seen the Indian acrobatic team perform.

Another friend and me had seen them perform previously, but we were still eager to seem them again. When the display ended at 1:00, and there were still no sign of the Suryakirans, we asked a person and he said that they performed much earlier.

I would blame the organisers for this. We read in all the papers that flying time is only at 11:00. We planned accordingly and reached the venue at 10:30. One of us had some work in the afternoon and so, we had to leave by 1:00.

But still, on the whole, it was a good day and it was really awesome to see the F-16, F/A-18, Sukhoi 30 MK-1 and the MiG-35 perform.

We first walked around the open area clicking pics of the static displays.

We later realised that not all the aircrafts were "static". When the American Air Force displayed the Boeing C-17 cargo plane, it was the same aircraft which we thought is just for static display.

There was the Indian Air Force's parachuting regiment freefalling at that time. We couldnt see a damn thing though. Only when the chutes opened up, we could make out the soldiers in the air.

The aircrafts we saw flying were the Su-30 MK-1, Mig-35, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F/A-18 Hornet, Gripen JAS-39, Boeing C-17, Sarang Helicopters (3 of them), the Falcon private luxury jet, the LCA (Tejas) and the IJT (Intermediate Jet Trainer).

The pilots of the jet aircraft enthralled the crowd with death-defying manoeuvres like the Cobra, etc... Some of the more popular moves by the pilots of the F-16, F/A-18, LCA, Su-30, Mig-35, Gripen JAS-39 were the rolls and flying upside down.

The Su-30 and the Mig-35 also performed the cobra which was moving horizontally at speed but while the aircraft was perpendicular to the surface !! This showed the extreme manoeuverability of the aircraft.

The Su-30 and the MIG-35 also went into a flat spin and fell thousands of feet before pulling up at the last minute. This also elicited a lot of oohs and aahs from the crowd. The Mig-35 also plummeted towards the earth like a dart. With the nose pointing down and then pulled up as late as possible.

The LCA performed for a very short time compared to the other aircrafts and didnt really do anything spectacular. IT performed a couple of rolls and gained altitude very quickly, but that was about it.

The F/A-18 and the F-16 were really good. The F-16 in particular wowed the crowd during one particular feat where it went vertically upwards like a rocket. According to the commentator (who was from the US air force), it went from 150 feet to 5000 metres high.

It went so high that we couldnt see it anymore. A few secs later, it surprised everyone by coming in from the left at a pretty low altitude !!

The F/A-18 also was spectacular. It did the usual rolls, high speed climbs, demonstrated it's awesome manoeuverability, etc.

Same for the Gripen. Basically, all the aircrafts performed basically the same stuff.

The team of 3 Sarang helicopters also wowed the crowd with their stunts. Basically, flying very close and in formation and a few feats where one helicopter squeezed in between two others with no margin for error.

The C-17 just showed off how silent it can be and how manoeuverable it is even at really low altitudes and low speeds. IT is claimed that just 3 people can fly the aircraft.
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A MODEL of the LCA also known as the Tejas. We initially thought it was the real deal, but when we went closer, realised it was just a model.


Truck based launcher for the Brahmos missile.


Another model. This time of the Brahmos missile.


Truck based missile launcher for the Akash missile


A hummer !! A real one. Not the sissy ones made for civilians. This was made for the army. Check out the "luxurious" interiors :P


Hawk AJT (Advanced Jet Trainer) which will be supplied to the Indian Air Force soon from British Aerospace (BAe)



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The Parachutists


The Hansa.A light trainer aircraft made by India.



The Boeing C-17 transport plane, another USAF cargo plane and a helicopter



A Cessna Citation XLS private jet
. The Poonawallas of Pune own one of these



Unidentified chopper:P


The Gripen JAS 39. The one which is competing with the F-16s for the $6.5 billion deal. And another unknown aircraft. I think the other aeroplane is a pirvate plane.

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The IJT(Intermediate Jet Trainer made by India)



The LCA (this one is a proper flying aircraft :P. Not like the model we saw earlier)


The Mirage 2000 made by France. Check out the name written in front of the aircraft in bullets :P




The Sukhoi 30-MK-1. One of the most advanced fighters in the world.




The Sarang helicopter made by India

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The US Air Force's F/A-18 Super Hornet





The US Air Force's F-16 Fighting Falcon



An LCA simulator inside one of the hangars



The Boeing C-17 cargo aircraft.

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Nikhil, The IJT's didn't fly yesterday after thursdays accident.

I was there before 10am and there was no suryakiran show before that either.

Suryakirans perform at 4:30pm daily only once.

The morning and afternoon shows aren't the same.
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correction that was a humvee and yes the surya kirans perform from 3:30-4:30 only.
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Old 10th February 2007, 17:19   #58
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hmm...didnt know abt the Suryakirans.

And I had gone in the morning and so I saw the IJT perform.
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Old 10th February 2007, 20:11   #59
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Well I just gave up the chance to go with an IAF guy during business hours. 5 passes at that.
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Old 11th February 2007, 00:51   #60
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I almost did that..... I messaged everyone on my Yahoo list telling them abt the passes.... no one responded, so I ended up going
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