Pakistan Air Force holds its biggest Air show in Islamabad featuring aerobatic teams from Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
The skies of Islamabad were filled with multicolored trails and thunder of powerful planes flown by expert pilots at the majestic air show – the largest in the country’s history – on Monday.
President Mamnoon Hussain and Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal (ACM) Sohail Aman were the chief guests at the air show held by Pakistan Air Force (PAF).
Many dignitaries and diplomats joined hundreds of Pakistanis at F9 Park in Islamabad to watch the impressive air show marking Pakistan’s 70th Independence Day.
This was the largest-ever air show in Pakistan’s history in which PAF displayed its impeccable ability. The breathtaking formation displayed by the PAF aircraft won them praises and cheers by the audience.
PAF and Army’s Puma SA330, Augusta and Mi-17 helicopters participated in the show. PAF’s F-16 and JF-17 Thunder performance was the main charm of the air show.
Commandos also displayed an air drop and fly-past from the helicopters. The amazing paratrooping by commandos of the PAF, Army and navy from Mi-17 helicopter marked the conclusion of the show when the paratroopers touched ground Pakistan flags.
The Independence Day began with a 31-gun salute in the federal capital along with a 21-gun salute in each provincial capital. Flag hoisting ceremonies were held in the provincial capitals and district headquarters. The main ceremony of Independence Day was held at Islamabad’s Convention Centre, where the president and prime minister hoisted the national flag.
Amazing videos of the Air show
Check this spectacular video of the air show by Lohani Productions:
And this video by VDM:
— Islamabad Scene (@IslamabadScene) August 14, 2017
Turkish and Saudi jets join Independence Day air show
The special appearance of “Solo Turk”, the acclaimed Turkish aerobatic team of Turkish Air Force, and the famous “Saudi Hawks” of Royal Saudi Air Force won the hearts of audiences with their thrilling performance.Check out this heartwarming tweet and amazing video by Turkey’s Solo Turk:
and this performance by Saudi Hawks:
We are here for our real #brothers We are here for 70th independence anniversary of #Pakistan#ShowTime : 14th August / 12.30 / F-9 Park pic.twitter.com/abNIzfNBu7 — SOLOTÜRK (@soloturk) August 13, 2017
Saudi Hawks of Royal Saudi Air Force at Pakistan’s #70thindependenceday Air show in Islamabad #IndependenceDay #PakistanZindabad pic.twitter.com/L1oQlAE1rr — Tele-Visual Infolink (@TVI_PK) August 14, 2017
How Pakistanis reacted to the air show?Most Pakistanis simply loved the impressive performance by PAF aircraft, calling it a ‘perfect tribute to the Pakistani nation on Independence Day’. This is how people reacted to the air show in Islamabad on social media:
The Air Show in Islamabad is certainly engaging and impressive. A perfect tribute to Independence Day. — Nusrat Javeed (@javeednusrat) August 14, 2017
The Air Show in Islamabad is the Best air Show i have ever seen. A perfect tribute to Independence Day #Pakistan #PakistanZindabad #14August pic.twitter.com/Emi27E0S2D — Zoni Khan (@zonikhaan) August 14, 2017
© Ali Mujtaba Photography. pic.twitter.com/gLMuttN7DU
— Ali Mujtaba (@pakflyer) August 14, 2017