Thursday, October 08, 2020

Aviation enthusiasts are in for a special treat soon

When the Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team performs at the Air Force Day celebrations in Hindon on Thursday, the audience will be in for a surprise as the nineaircraft formation team will be performing their special smoke trails with smoke winder pods.

The Surya Kiran teams in the past had the smoke pods on when they used to perform with the Kiran Mark II aircraft. However, after the team upgraded to the

Hawk-Mk2 AJT aircraft, the famous smoke trails were missing during their performances in airshows and special occasions like Aero India and Air Force Day.

Smoke winders are used during aircraft testing and also by display flights in air shows as they help the audience see the aircraft clearly when they are

performing their manoeuvres. During their recent displays, though the Surya Kiran team was performing their signature manoeuvres like delta loops, barrel

rolls and bomb bursts, the trademark trail of smoke was missing.

“The smoke winder pods will be on display at the Air Force Day. The team has done extensive trails,” a source told Bangalore Mirror. During their display, the

team is expected to release colours of the Tricolour and also perform the heart and arrow maneuver.

08/10/20 Hemanth CS/Bangalore Mirror

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