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Stunning aerobatics display in Quetta by air forces of Pakistan, China

Stunning aerobatics display in Quetta by air forces of Pakistan, China

QUETTA: To strengthen relations between Pakistan and China, the Pakistan Air Force organised an air show at the Samungli PAF Base, Quetta, in which F-7 PG, along with PLAAF lightweight multi-role, all-weather fighter J-10 aircraft, presented a scintillating aerial display.

Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri was the chief guest at the event. Senior civil and military officials of both countries witnessed the mega event with a massive crowd.

Air Vice Marshal Haseeb Paracha, Air Officer Commanding, Southern Air Command, was the chief host of the ceremony.

The formation of four F-7 PG started the spectacular aerial display, led by Wing Commander Armughan. After the departure of the roaring F-7 PG, army helicopters performed a fly-past. Moments after the departure of the army helicopters, newly procured Agusta Westland AW-139 helicopter appeared on the horizon for solo aerobatics display. The PAF heli presented an eye-catching performance to the audience.

The six-member team of Chinese J-10, led by Colonel Cao Zhenzhong, performed jaw-dropping aerobatics. The spectators cheered with joy to see the spectacular manoeuvres of the aircraft, rightfully called the Firebird (Nato name).

Earlier in the day, the pilots of J-10 interacted with PAF pilots and students from various schools and colleges.

The Chinese contingent was led by Major General Liu Chunking. The Pakistan Air Force enjoys cordial relations with the PLAAF and this ceremony reflected the 68-year-old friendship. High-level delegations of the two countries have been visiting each other to further enhance the mutual cooperation and friendly ties between the two air forces.

Published in Dawn, November 21st, 2017

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