National Defence Bureau,
Jaipur, 27 December 2019
The Indian Air Force finally bid goodbye to the formidable MiG 27 swing wing fighter fleet today. No. 29 Squadron, ‘SCORPIOS’ had the proud privilege of flying the aircraft into the sunset. The Mig-27 (Last of the swing wing fighters) have participated actively in various national and international exercises and undertaken numerous operational missions during Kargil war and Op-Parakram.
To commemorate the historic occasion, the Squadron flew in a five aircraft ‘Arrowhead’ formation flanked by Sukhoi 30 aircraft as a mark of respect. The event was befittingly graced by IAFs ‘Akash Ganga’ parachutists who painted the sky with their magnificent colourful parachutes flying the national flag and the Indian Air Force ensign. The Air Warriors Drill Team thrilled the audience with their synchronized drill movements.
The grand finale was marked by scintillating formation aerobatic display by the Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team of Indian Air Force. The event was witnessed by Air Marshal SK Ghotia, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief South Western Air Command. Among the dignitaries who graced the occasion include, Air Marshal B Suresh, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Air Command, Air Marshal Amit Tiwari, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Southern Air Command along with numerous serving and retired officers who were part of 29 Squadron or had flown the swing- wing fighter aircraft during their stint with Indian Air Force.
Shailesh Kumar is an independent journalist with over 15 years of experience in crime, political and defence reporting for leading media brands including Star News, India TV and NewsX. He is the founder editor of defence and security news portal, National Defence.