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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Aero India

The Aero India Air Show is the second-largest air show in the world after the Paris Air Show. It was started in 1996 and takes place every two years. The tenth Aero India took place from 18th to 22nd February 2015. In the past few years, it has become the most important military air show for foreign countries to display their aircraft. The MiG-35 and the F-16IN Super Viper was first unveiled at the 6th and 7th Aero India shows respectively. It is held at the Yelahanka Air Force Station and is organized by the Ministry of Defence.

The 2015 edition of the Aero India had 72 aircraft as part of the display and numerous countries including USA, Britain, Sweden, Czech Republic, etc. The main events of this show was the flyby of the Tejas and the HAL Light Combat Helicopter, which is now in the test phase. The main theme of this year's air show was the Make In India campaign started by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi who aims to build 70% of the country's defence equipment in the country. (Above right): A HAL Tejas on display.

Image result for c-17 globemaster iiiImage result for f-16The majority of the foreign planes in the air show were from the USA, including two F-15s, two F-16s, a Kc-135 tanker, A C-17 Globemaster III and a P-8A maritime surveillance aircraft.

(Above Left): A C-17 Globemaster III in flight. (Above Right): A F-16 Falcon

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