ISLAMABAD: A spectacular air show was held in the federal capital where aircrafts of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and aerobatic teams from Turkey and Saudia Arabia participated.
The air show was organized by PAF which was attended among other by President Mamnoon Hussain and Air Chief Air Marshal Sohail Aman. A similar event was also held at Sea View in Karachi to celebrate the country’s 71st Independence Day. he show, which was also organised by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), features aircraft of the PAF, as well as aerobatic teams from Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
The event was attended by Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and Corps Commander Lt Gen Shahid Baig Mirza. The PAF’s JF-17 and F-16 fighter jets participated in the air show.
The special appearance of ‘Solo Turk’ — the famous aerobatic team of the Turkish Air Force — and the internationally acclaimed ‘Saudi Hawks’ of Royal Saudi Air Force alongside PAF jets added colour to the event. The PAF and army’s Puma, Augusta and Mi-17 helicopters also participated in the air show.
Commandos also displayed an air drop and fly-past from the helicopters. In the end, a para-drop was conducted by commandos of the PAF, army and navy. Addressing the participants after the event at the closing ceremony, Air Chief Sohail Aman expressed gratitude at the presence of China’s vice premier in Islamabad for the Independence Day celebrations.
“God’s grace and our pilots’ accuracy are behind the precise bombings and clearing of terrorist sanctuaries from our Western border,” he said. He also paid tribute to those who have sacrificed their lives and limbs in the war against terrorism.