An Indian Air Force Chinook helicopter flies over Dal lake in Srinagar during a IAF Air show on Sunday.
SRINAGAR: After a gap of almost 13 years, Srinagar witnessed the manoeuvres and somersaults of Indian Air Force jets, with the picturesque Dal Lake and surrounding mountains providing the perfect backdrop. The purpose of the aerial spectacle, as Group Captain and flypast director Kamran Nazeer put it, was to make a connect with the Valley’s youths and inspire them to consider and aspire for a career in the IAF, whether as a pilot, engineer or a member of the orchestra.
The idea to organise an airshow in Srinagar came from the IAF and was immediately endorsed by lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha. On Sunday, Sinha flagged off the event attended by over 600-700 youths, mostly school and college students.
Organised as part of the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations, the airshow’s dominant theme was ‘Give Wings to Your Dream’.