BENGALURU: It was a special day for both Indian and US Air Force as skydivers of the two nations together jumped from 7,000 feet on Wednesday. These were combat controllers and paramedical skydivers.
Five skydivers of the 320th Special Tactics Squadron of the US Air Force and 10 skydivers of the Indian Air Force performed a high altitude low opening jump, enthralling the audience at Yelahanka Air Force Station on Wednesday.
This was the first time the US Air Force team performed at the air show in Bengaluru. The event was an unplanned one. It was only on Sunday that the US team landed in the city. Mark, who headed the team, said the Aero India organisers came up to them and asked them to jump with the IAF skydivers. “Though it came as a surprise, we accepted it. We carry similar codes for communication and have similar procedures too,” he said.
“I never knew about Bengaluru. I had done some research about the city before coming here. I was happy to perform before the Bengaluru crowd. Also, the city looks much nicer than expected,” Nathan said after having watched Bengaluru from such a great height. He is a staff surgeon who works as a combat controller.
Jason, who works as a technical surgeon, is a part of the STS. He has been with the US Air Force for 12 years now. “I joined days after my schooling. I wanted an exciting life and this is why I opted for Air Force. Tell me, who pays you to fly and jump from the sky?” Jason asked. He works as a paramedical staff who conducts rescue operations.