Turkish, Saudi aircraft add colour to Pakistan’s Independence Day festivities

The biggest-ever air show in the history of Pakistan was conducted in Islamabad under the aegis of Pakistan Air Force to celebrate the 70th independence day of Pakistan.

The air show featured the aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force as well as Turkey and Saudi Arabia. President Mamnoon Hussain, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, ambassadors of several countries, senior civil and military officials, as well as a large number of the general public are attending the event. The air show is being held at the Fatima Jinnah Park in relation with the Independence Day of Pakistan being observed today.

The main attraction of the today’s air show was the special appearance of ‘Solo Turk’ — the famous aerobatic team of the Turkish Air Force and the world acclaimed ‘Saudi Hawks’ of Royal Saudi Air Force alongside PAF jets will add colour to the air show.

Earlier, talking to media the members of the two teams expressed happiness to be part of the 70th Independence Day celebrations of Pakistan. “We will hold demo flight in order to show infinite brotherhood between Turkish and Pakistani nations,” said Emrah Bayri, First Lieutenant of Turkish Air Force and a member of Solo Turk team.

He said the team of Solo Turk comprised of two pilots – Captain Erhan Gunar and Captain Serdar Dogan, who would fly the demo aircraft in sequence. The team is supported by 11 personnel. “During the show, Solo Turk pilot will put the aircraft to the limits of plus 9 G’s to negative 3 G’s by the support of a very powerful engine of F-16C.”

“Flares dispensed by the aircraft will enhance the visualization of the demo accompanied by smoke-winders at its each tip,” he added. He said it would be his team’s effort to put a better show on the stage for the spectators. “All the maneuvers are improved by our pilots, who have high standard of education. The whole show has been developed without support of any other demo team. Surely, we can say this is belonging to our nation,” he remarked. Erhan and Serdar said they were extremely happy to become part of the 70th Independence Day celebrations of Pakistan.

Colonel Mousa Al, who is heading the internationally-acclaimed, “Saudi Hawks” of Royal Saudi Air Force said, “We feel honoured and happy to be here to take part in Pakistan’s Independence Day celebrations. Our team consists of six pilots. We are glad to be part of these celebrations,” he said.

Besides the two teams from brotherly countries, the pride of Pakistan JF-17 Thunder will also be performing in the much-awaited air show.

Another prominent feature of the show was the Tri-Services free fall display of Special Services personnel. Mirage, SAAB-2000, and Augusta-139 from PAF, while MI-17 and PUMA helicopters from Army Aviation also showed their skills during the air show in Islamabad at 1300 hours, whereas F-16, PAF aerobatics team Sherdil, P-3C Orion, Z-9, Alouette-III and Sea King helicopters captivated the audience at Sea View Karachi.