Saturday, November 19, 2016

IAF fighter aircraft fly over Lucknow-Agra Expressway for trial

Indian Air Force fighter aircraft flew over Lucknow-Agra Expressway in Ganj Moradabad area of Unnao district on Friday ahead of its grand opening on November 21, the evening of SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav's 78th birthday.
"Sukhoi, Mig and Mirage air superiority fighter aircrafts on Friday successfully flew above the four km of stretch on Lucknow-Agra Expressway near Ganj Moradabad area of Unnao as part of a trial to use national highways for emergency landing. The aircrafts flew over the expressway at a speed of nearly 300km/hour at around ...1:07 pm," said senior IAF officers.
Indian Air Force (AIF) sources said that the aircrafts flew very close to the expressway but did not touch the road as the wheels would hav been be damaged.
For the Friday's trial, all facilities like make shift Air Traffic Control, safety services, rescue vehicles, bird clearance parties and other requirements were set in place by the IAF. "The operation was conducted in coordination with the district authorities and SP of Unnao," an IAF source said.
"The trial lasted for nearly one-and-a-half-hour and touchdown by the fighter aircrafts at Lucknow-Agra Expressway was historic," said district magistrate Unnao Surendra Singh.
According to eyewitnesses, huge deployment of police personnel was made on both the sides of the road to control the crowd. Locals came out of their houses and reached close to the airstrip when they heard the roaring sound of the engines of the fighter jets. "Many jostled with each other to take selfies with the flying fighter aircrafts," said a police official on duty at Ganj Moradabad.
19/11/16 Faiz Rahman Siddiqui/The Times Of India

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