Biggin Hill 2008 News Release

Biggin Hill 2008 News Release

Biggin Hill Air Fair Welcomes Indian Air Force

ADI.08/08 9th May 2008

Biggin Hill Air Fair Welcomes Indian Air Force

An elite helicopter display team – The Sarangs - from the Indian Air Force (IAF) has accepted an invitation from Air Displays International (ADI) to present their dynamic display routine at the Biggin Hill International Air Fair over the weekend of 7th & 8th June.

Flying their jet-powered Dhruv helicopters, the 4-ship formation will be making their UK debut at the show. Flown by officers of the IAF, The Sarangs are one of only three dedicated helicopter teams in the world and by joining the Royal Navy’s Black Cats and the Army Air Corps Blue Eagles at Biggin Hill, the IAF bring a ‘full house’ to the show.

The IAF team helicopters have a unique and distinctive paint scheme that features the Indian national bird, the Peacock. The display will also be a ‘first’ for the Dhruv in the UK

Dhruv helicopters are manufactured in India by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. Operated by a crew of two with space in the cabin for up to 12 additional personnel, the sturdy type is currently in service with the Indian Army, Navy, Air Force and Coastguard. It is capable of multi-tasking as a weapons delivery platform, for transport or in various utility roles.

Founded in October 1932, the embryo Indian Air Force was trained by Royal Air Force instructors and the first squadron operated the Westland Wapiti biplane. Over the years, many young Indians have been sent the RAF College at Cranwell (Lincs) for flying and officer training.

Colin Hitchins, ADI’s Chief Executive, says that The Sarangs will be warmly received at Biggin Hill next month.

“Their presence at Biggin Hill will underscore and strengthen the traditional international flavour of the Air Fair, while their reputation as a dynamic display strongly precedes their first UK appearance” he says.

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