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Bangalore's Bi-annual Air show - Aero India

Bangalore, besides being known as the IT capital, is also the aviation hub of India. This name was earned due to the massive presence of state run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), and various aeronautical defence agencies and organisations such as Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), Defence Avionics Research Establishment (DARE), Electronics and Radar Development Establishment (LRDE), and more! Test flights of all indigenously developed aircraft happen at Bangalore.

Which is why a defence and civil air show at Bangalore is apt. Between the 18th to 22nd of February, 2015, Bangalore hosted Aero India 2015 - the 10th international show in aerospace, defence, civil aviation, airport infrastructure, and defence engineering.

This show, known for jaw dropping aerobatics performed by some of the world's best known military aircraft, surprised the crowd with a larger participation of civilian aerobatic teams. The Flying Bulls aerobatic team from the Czech Republic, the Scandinavian Airshow 'Catwalkers' from Sweden, the Breitling Wingwalkers and the Yakovlevs Airshow Aerobatic team from the United Kingdom. The Yakolevs and the Flying Bulls performed some breathtaking stunts in the air, while the Catwalkers and the Wingwalkers saw some pretty ladies walking in the wings of the aircraft in flight, even as the airplane flew inverted!

Countless hours of practice and reflexes developed over time have made this kind of specialised flying appear easy in the eyes of the public.

Military aircraft from across the world spared no decibel in making their presence felt. The loud, tearing noise from the afterburners of the American Lockheed Martin F-16, Russian Sukhoi Su 30 MKI, French Dassault Rafale and the Indian Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) impressed the crowds. Breathtaking performances by the formidable looking, indigenously developed Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) wowed the patriotic.

Also on static display were a mix of civilian and military aircraft. Most of the military aircraft on static display were either tankers, surveillance aircraft, or transport aircraft. An American Boeing F-15 was also on display. Civilian aircraft included a light business jet - Embraer's Phenom 300.

Aero India is a show for those who value the emotions behind flight. The show attracts the enthusiastic from across the nation, bringing them to Bangalore where they can build lasting connections. It also attracts participants right from small and medium scale industries all the way to multi-billion multinational companies, who both exhibit their aerospace products and services, and provide a platform for interaction through their stalls at the show.

Good planning will allow a visitor to visit all the stalls as well as enjoy the air display, conducted twice a day. True value for time and money? Absolutely!

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