The Suryakiran Aerobatic Team of the Indian Air Force will perform its famed aerobatic display over the Umiam Lake in Shillong, Meghalaya on December 4 to celebrate Swarnim Vijay Varsh.
The Suryakiran Aerobatic Team is known for its professionalism, precision and prowess.
Most professional Air Forces have a Formation Aerobatic unit which undertakes the extremely challenging role of doing aerobatic manoeuvres, in large formations, to not only showcase their capabilities but also to motivate the youth to join the defence services.
Formation aerobatics is the pinnacle of aviation skills and the formation aerobatic unit of the Indian Air Force is the Suryakiran Aerobatic Team.
The team consisting of 17 officers, 200 technicians was formed in the year 1996 and has been personifying the motto of the Indian Air Force “Touch the sky with glory” ever since. The team which has grown into a global phenomenon has the distinction of being amongst a handful of 9 aircraft formation Aerobatic teams in the world.
The team has completed more than 600 displays through the length and breadth of the country and has also represented India in Sri Lanka and Dubai in 2021. The team has also been carrying out flypasts over the country to celebrate Swarnim Vijay Varsh.
The Suryakirans will be carrying out a display in Umiam Lake, following which two flypasts will be flown over the entire North East which will culminate with a display at Lachit Ghat, Guwahati on December 12. The team’s motto is “Always the Best.”