Monday, February 05, 2007

Bangalore: Preparations are in full swing at the Yelahanka air base for the Aero-India show — both in the air and on the ground. Pilots from the US Air Force, Gripen, Sweden, Russia and India went on breathtaking sorties for almost 45 minutes to one hour each. The deadly F-18 Super Hornet of the USAF was in full force and did, like the Russian MiGs, the roll, spin, loop, vertical flying-up and swing down in what were death-defying gestures of flying.
All the gravity manoeuvres that are executed in actual flight were on display during the rehearsals on the Sukhoi, Gripen and the F-18s. More aircraft are arriving by February 6 morning and will amount to about 80-odd aircraft, of which 47 are foreign aircraft, a 100% jump in representation compared with the last air show in India.
On the ground Almost 2,000 workers, technicians, engineers and project managers are working round-the-clock to give finishing touches to the exhibition stalls, chalets, and media area. All work is going on both in the exhibition area as well as static display area covering an estimated 25,000 sq metres, a significant rise compared with Aero-India 2005.
Work is also going on in the outdoor area spread over 10,000 sq metres and 52 chalets within which business offers will be made and negotiated.
FICCI,which has organised the show along with Farnborough International, has made seating arrangements for nearly 16,000 people; this, apart from the standing area.
04/02/07 Prashanth G N/Times of India


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