News You Can Use

Indian Air Force’s aerobatic unit Surya Kiran to disband


Surya Kiran_Indian Air Force_Gyaniz
Surya Kiran_Indian Air Force_Gyaniz

The Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team (SKAT) of the India Air Force is scheduled to perform a biennial air show during the Aero India gathering which will be held in Bangalore during the period of the 9th to the 13th of February. After this last show the team will be disbanded.

The Indian Air Force has been experiencing a shortage of aircraft for training purposes and the latest information showed that the current officers associated with SKAT will probably get transferred to other stations or be reappointed as instructors at the Bidar Air force Station.

IAF_Thunderbolts_Gyaniz
IAF_Thunderbolts_Gyaniz

The SKAT squad was formed in 1996 to show the professionalism and skills of the IAF all over the world. SKAT’s goal was to continue the legacy of an earlier display team – The Thunderbolts, which were active in the early 1980s.

The SKAT was established in 1996 in Bidar and became a squadron in 2006. They have performed across all of India and on different international air shows in China, Germany, Laos, Sri Lanka and the UK.

SKAT is today among the three renowned nine-aircraft public display aerobatic teams in the world (the other two being the British Red Arrows and the Canadian Snowbirds)

British Red Arrows:

british-royal-airforce-_red-arrows_gyaniz
british-royal-airforce-_red-arrows_gyaniz

Canadian Snowbirds:

Canadian Air force_snowbirds_Gyaniz
Canadian Air force_snowbirds_Gyaniz

Surya Kiran Team Formations and Maneuvers:

surya-kiran-formations_Gyaniz
surya-kiran-formations_Gyaniz
surya-kiran-maneuvers_Gyaniz
surya-kiran-maneuvers_Gyaniz
Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Indian Air Force’s aerobatic unit Surya Kiran to disband”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s