Global Aviation Brings Show To Public
After three days of strutting their stuff to India's defense
industry, global aviation players brought the show to the public at
Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bangalore this weekend.
Even with some glitches, the public was enthralled with aerial
displays, the Surya Kiran aerobatic team, and a vast array of large
foreign aircraft (read, F-18, F-16) making an impact in the world
of aviation, reported The Hindu.
Local aviation enthusiasts were also taken by the Sukhoi-30MKI,
MiG-29K and Gripen Fighter Aircrafts.
Things to work on for next time: According to reports in The
Hindu, even air show veterans who left for the Air Base early, were
caught in amazing traffic jams, spoiling the morning itinerary for
many who had to wait for evening displays.
Children under 15 and their parents were also disappointed, as
the young people were barred from part of the show; aerial and
static displays were all that they could view.
And with any large event, children were separated from parents,
the food courts and soft drink stalls were packed, and the tarmac
was full with people squatting, walking, and watching.
AeroIndia 2007 saw participation from 500 companies, including
275 foreign firms; among the heavy hitters were Lockheed Martin and
With India's planned acquisition of 126 multi-role combat
aircraft, reported Chennai Interactive Business Services, Lockheed
Martin elevated its pitch for the F-16, Boeing for its F-18, and
Gripen International for its new generation JAS-39 fighter.