This photo-essay of mine appeared in Huffington Post India on 3rd March 2015. To see it at HuffPost, please click here!
Earlier this year, 5-day Aero India 2015 in Bangalore (18-22 Feb 2015) offered a stunning visual delight for the visitors. The key reason for the show was defence-related business deals; but from visitors’ point of view, the impressive fly pasts and the daring aerobatics displays put up by various global teams was the high point. I went there for travel photography of air devils. Here are glimpses of their awesomeness!
Travel Photography of Air Devils
HAL Tejas: Its roar shook the airfield!
Despite supersonic speed, Sukhoi Su-30 MKI has a capability to land on shorter runways, thanks to a pair of parachutes opening when it lands.
C-17 Globemaster, a US Air Force Military Transport Aircraft, was the largest monster on display. This 53m long aircraft needs an airstrip of just 900mts to land, and can carry 77.5 tons of cargo.
Cheetah – HAL’s Advanced Light Helicopter – demonstrated great manoeuvrability.
Sarang Aerobatics team (in HAL’s Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv) took our breath away with their fearless aerobatics. They crisscrossed each other just a few feet apart and flew one on top of the other, while the audience’ hearts were in their mouths as their rotors seemed to be meshing into each other like gears.
Yakovlevs, an aerobatics team from UK, demonstrated their own brand of dare-devilry. They flew past each other at great speeds and flew upside down for the most part.
Breitling (UK) and Catwalk (Sweden) shared the honours of bringing a ‘first’ to India – both teams had a pair of wing walkers engaged in gutsy midair ramp… er… wing walks. Catwalk team stole a march over the Breitling team with their tricolour contrails display.
Wing walker team of Breitling (UK)
Catwalk ready for take off
Catwalk flying low
Catwalk wing walker
Catwalk Tricolour Triptych
The most audacious aerobatic display was mounted by the Red Bull team flying Zlin Z-50 air-crafts from Czech Republic. Besides the upside-down manoeuvres, they were also flying extremely close. As a result, two red bulls crashed into each other midair, but the pilots managed to land the damaged birds safely, despite one plane suffering a major crack in its wing.
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