Grand finale awaits Aero-India

Fire in the sky

Grand finale awaits Aero-India

Russian Knights and Flying Bulls aerobatic teams will conquer the Aero-India skies at Yelahanka for the last time on Sunday.

The desi Sarang helicopters will soar yet again, and the gigantic C-17 Globemaster will take off for that final hurray, as curtains are all set to be drawn on the biggest airshow in this part of the world. But beware Bangaloreans: Be prepared for a turnout of over 60,000 visitors, traffic chaos and a Mayawati rally on Palace Grounds en route.

Saturday witnessed a packed airshow, as the business delegates retreated and the public took over in huge numbers. Sunday’s holiday crowd will be even bigger, challenging every nerve of the 600-plus traffic policemen specially posted to coordinate the traffic. Tickets priced at Rs 400 and Rs 500 may be available. Already, 50,000 tickets have been sold. But the exhibition halls are likely to be too crammed for comfort.

Most visitors wore a weary look after standing for hours under the hot sun.
The souvenir-hunters may still get adventurous and scan the halls from A to G.

Amateur shutterbugs could keep their lenses focused on those magnificent flying machines dancing above. First timers could savour the static and flying aircraft displays, although the seasoned aviaition buffs would miss the Surya Kirans, grounded for eternity.

After all, it was customary for the Kirans to sign off every airshow thus far.   Young and wide-eyed, children had a festive though tiring outing on Saturday. Awestruck by the thunder of the Rafale and LCA, they clapped in tandem. The young ones would be back on Sunday, parents in tandem.

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