Airshow, the run(a)way pride

The final day of the latest edition of Aero India mirrored the first day, failing expectations in sync with the attitude of the organisers.
If the previous edition was marred by the ‘bribe-for-display’ scam that saw a court of inquiry being initiated against a wing commander rank officer, the one this year was generally a case of missing ‘pride’, which was apparent from February 6, the day the show took off.
The aerial displays were not exactly mesmerising like in the previous editions, although some manoeuvres by the Flying Bulls did not fail to enthrall the spectators.
Hundreds were seen leaving the venue much before the last display was over, a reflection of how attractive the show was. Nothing close to how the organisers pegged it – ‘Bigger’.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) official who was responsible to collate information about the performance of the show – the number of visitors, business-to-business meetings, deals struck, et al – was missing on the scene.
10/02/13 Chethan Kumar/Deccan Herald

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