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Air Fest: IAF men take control of the skies

By Our Reporter

Remote controlled model of aircraft being flown to entertain the spectators during the Air Fest 2012 at ALG Upper Shillong on Saturday. (ST)

 SHILLONG: Pilots and Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel from the Eastern Air Command (EAC) took control of the Shillong sky as they exhibited their skills during the Air Fest at the Advanced Landing Ground (ALG), Head Quarters EAC in Upper Shillong on Saturday.

The Air Fest was organized with an aim to create awareness among the general public about the role of the Air Force and motivate the youth to consider the IAF as a career option.

Air Marshal RG Burli inaugurated the festival which began with a fly past of SU-30, frontline fighter aircraft of the IAF following which sky diving demonstration was carried out by the renowned ‘Air Devils’ of the IAF.

A scintillating aero modeling demonstration also kept the hundreds of spectators present spell bound as remote controlled model of aircraft were flown to entertain the spectators while the Air Force band played on throughout the day for the audience.

Speaking to media persons, RG Burli said that the event has been organized to attract the youth of the region to become a part of the Air Force and serve the nation.

He also informed that the representation from north east in the service is slowly growing and hoped that more youngsters would come forward to be a part of the Indian Air Force. A publicity stall was also set up by Headquarters EAC and Airmen Selection Centre, Guwahati to create awareness amongst the youth of Shillong and neighbouring areas.

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