Sunday, February 13, 2011

Hearing the jets roar

Aero India has always been an event much awaited! By many aero, photo buffs for reasons all their own.

Some like the "technology", some the "aerobatics".
Hearing the jets roar does send the heart rate through the roof, the aerobatics and the photo-ops are just the "cherry on the cake" :)

When Aero India came back to the Yelahanka airforce base, the excitement was back and so was my eagerness to pay the metal birds a visit. But the schedule at work wasn't helping/conducive.

After much last minute planning we headed out for a half-day session to the airforce base. The planning/co-ordination there left much to be desired, causing us to lose some precious time of the few hours we had planned out.

The first sounds of the jets helped all that disappointment go to the "backburners" so to speak :D

The jets in the able hands of these daredevil pilots had all the people glued to the skies! The sounds of the jet exhaust and the crackling air made me scream out in excitement, much to the amusement of other spectators. The ones who shared my enthusiasm shared a smile :)

Had my Sigma 150-500 and was hoping to get some "up-close" shots. The light was plenty but the air had a lot of "haze" thanks to the exhaust and the smoke trails left behind by the flying metal birds.

Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience (yet again!) - will let the pictures help experience some of the excitement :)

The jets

One of the most satisfying images of the day!

The Sigma certainly did help with the extra reach :)

The red bull flying team providing some awesome aerial control at close quarters

The sarang team pushing the ALH to it's performance edge

A face-to-face showdown

Some of the flying birds which flew on the day
1. LCA - Tejas
3. IJT - had seen this practise from our office premises too :)
4. F16 - Falcon
5. F18 - hornet
6. EUROFIGHTER - typhoon
7. SU-30 - Sukhoi

Missed watching the SAAB Gripen and the suryakirans.

The jetliner category was hotly contested with even Sukhoi entering the fray
Hope you enjoyed these. Thanks to the air force in bringing us these fabulous opportunities to the passionate civilians!

Security measures were taken care of well and so were the cleanup crew helping keep the premises free of debris and the resulting birds trying to scavenge on leftovers.

The next visit here definitely will have to be a full day affair, this time came back wanting so much more ;)

Till the next ride..