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Republic Day flypast to be grandest with 75 aircraft

As part of the Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav celebrations, the Republic Day parade on the Rajpath this year will feature the largest and grandest flypast ever, an IAF official said Monday. 

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of Independence, the flypast will conclude with the “Amrit” formation. “The flypast this year will be the grandest and largest with 75 aircraft from IAF, Army, and Navy flying during the Republic Day parade. This is in line with Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav celebrations,” IAF PRO Wing Commander Indranil Nandi said at a press briefing. 

In honor of the Tangail airdrop operations during the 1971 war, the flypast will include Tangail formation, with one Dakota and two Dorniers on the ground in Vic formation. There will also be Meghna formation of a Chinook and 4 Mi-17s, the IAF officer added. 

Other powerful aircraft scheduled to participate in the parade include Rafale, the MiG 29K of the Indian Navy, the P-8I surveillance plane, and the Jaguar fighter plane. 

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