Biggest Air Show in Islamabad marks Pakistan’s 70th Independence Day

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.

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Beautiful performance of aerobatics team during 70th Independence Day

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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.

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An aerobatic team performs during the air show on Independence day celebrations in Islamabad on August 14, 2017.

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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.

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Pakistani soldiers hang from a helicopter performing a fly-past at the air show held in Islamabad on 70th Independence day

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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.

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Amazing videos of the Air show

Check this spectacular video of the air show by Lohani Productions:

And this video by VDM:

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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. [dt_gap height=”10″ /]

Saudi Hawks of Royal Saudi Air Force at Pakistan's 70th Independence Day air show
Saudi Hawks of Royal Saudi Air Force at Pakistan’s 70th Independence Day air show

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Renowned Turkish aerobatic “Solo Turk” flies F-16 aircraft participated in air show on Independence Day
Renowned Turkish aerobatic “Solo Turk” at the air show

[dt_gap height=”10″ /] Check out this heartwarming tweet and amazing video by Turkey’s Solo Turk:

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How Pakistanis reacted to the air show?

[dt_gap height=”10″ /] 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:

Sana Jamal
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