Schoolchildren get a ‘Command’ing view

They were at the airbase as part of the ‘Know Your Forces’ programme

Published: 20th January 2018 04:50 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th January 2018 08:09 AM   |  A+A-

Students do a ‘recce’ of an Antonov An-32 as part of ‘Know Your Forces’ programme in the Air Force Technical Area of the Southern Air Command at Shangumugham on Friday

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: It’s not every day you get to see a massive Antonov An-32 up close. On Friday, 800 school children got a chance to see not one, but three of the massive transport aircraft, climb inside them and interact with the pilots. School children were allowed inside the Air Force Technical Area of the Southern Air Command at Shangumugham on Friday as part of ‘Know Your Forces’ programme.

Students interacting with the pilots of
the Antonov An-32

“Eight hundred children came on Friday. We are expecting another 900 on Saturday,’’ a defence spokesperson said. And it was not just the An-32s that the youngsters got to eyeball. An Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH Dhruv) used by the IAF’s Sarang aerobatic team and weapons, including small arms, were on display.

During the recent search and rescue mission ordered in the wake of Cyclone Ockhi, the An-32s and the Sarang helicopters had scoured vast swathes of the Arabian Sea for missing fishermen. Friday’s event was organised to generate awareness about the Indian Air Force, the defence spokesperson said.

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