Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Glory! Indian Sukhois over Sicily!

Will someone get a load of these beauties! Indian Air Force Sukhoi-30MKIs en route to the Red Flag air exercise in the US. These photos show 1. Two Sukhois refuelling from an Il-78M tanker over Mt Etna, Sicily; 2. Four IAF Su-30s over the Mediterranean; 3. An IAF Su-30 at a foreign base en-route, and 4. The IAF Il-78 tanker at the same foreign base en-route. Vice Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal PV Naik, currently on a visit to Congo, will represent the IAF at the Red Flag multinational air exercise that commences early next month.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Shiv you did not go for Farnborough? Expecting you there

Anonymous said...

dont you have hi-res version of these pics.

pics are just amazing.

Shiv Aroor said...

unfortunately not! these are the ones the IAF sent... hopefully they'll send better rez photos. i've asked.

Anonymous said...

Why has Naik gone to Congo? Did the Chief tell you

Mihir said...

Sweeeet!

Anonymous said...

Wont it be better if we put the smaller crafts on a ship and send them across?

We are wasting the engines and fuel. Also, before a major exercise, we risk wear and tear and aging of components. Seems like a decent attempt at disaster!

Anonymous said...

Are the birds flying over the Mediterranean with their air brakes on?

Anonymous said...

Shiv with that goatee you look like a Muslim. Have you embraced Islam

Anonymous said...

anon @ 7:12

i am guessing you are the kind of person that leaves the plastic on a sofa set for fear of people ruining it by sitting on it.

this is excellent experience for indian pilots on flying extended distances. worth much more than any wear and tear, usage of fuel, etc that it may cause