Remarks: Ship KC 3801 (Still at Lockheed Martin HQ, Marietta for some tests) was/is IAF's First American Built Aircraft in 40 Years. Ship KC 3802 (pictured here) was Officially Handed-Over to the IAF during a Ceremony at Marietta on December 16th 2010. Delivery Flight Routing: Feb 2nd 2011 > Marietta Dobbins > Glasgow > Athens > Abu Dhabi > Jamnagar > and finally at Hindon AFB 6:20pm on Feb 3rd 2011. It is now assigned to No.77 Squadron 'Veiled Vipers' under Group Captain Tejbir Singh who also flew the a/c here to Yelahanka.
Remarks: 1:33pm IST 'Air Force One' carrying Michelle & President Barack Obama departs for the 110 minute flight to New Delhi for some hard politics after paying tribute to the victims of 26/11 Mumbai Terror Attacks + other humble commitments which our own leaders would never consider. Few decades ago India would fiercely market itself to the world yet struggle to compete globally, now The Commander-in-Chief of the World's Largest Economy comes to India with a 'Sales' prefix to his name, how times change......... The couple stayed at the iconic 109 year old Taj Mahal Palace Hotel securing major deals for the large US business contingent. Cleared for take-off on rwy 32, will land at New Delhi rwy 28. Routing Andrews AFB > Ramstein > Mumbai > New Delhi > Jakarta > Seoul > Yokohama > DC. Thanks for the shade Ruchir ;-) 1200x
Remarks:Gajraj from No.25 Squadron "The Himalayan Eagles" lifts-off on a slight crosswind for its short flight back to base at Chandigarh. An IndiGo A320 holds short on the last taxiway with an IAF Dornier 228 Tail # HM-686 on the adjoining one. The 25th Squadron was formed on March 1st 1963 with 4 AN-12's for air maintenance of Indian Army positions in Ladakh and Jammu & Kashmir sectors. It is also the life line of the armed forces in the Himalayan region which are completely dependent on air support during the winter months when road communications shut.
Remarks: The time is 7:47am - My friend from Delhi & IAP Group Member Arpit Agrawal getting plenty of Air-to-Ground shots of me from the Gondola of this beautiful Hot Air Balloon, after him would be my turn to ascend into that Kingdom of Heaven & those Mesmerizing Overcast Skies. Thanks to New Delhi based Bandhu Aerospace from both of us for this unforgettable hop/flight. [India Aviation 2008]
Remarks: On her first trip to BOM wearing the fresh new regal coat of Gold, Jet Airways' pilots taxi out Golden Falcon (GF) 57 for her morning departure to Bahrain (BAH). Thank You to Mohammed Anas Toumi from Bahrain for the last minute heads-up on her routing ;-)
Remarks: HAL's test-pilots proudly displaying the WSI (Weapons Systems Integrated) Dhruv bolted with the more powerful 'Shakti' engine jointly developed by Turbomeca (France) and HAL. On the bottom centre you can see the THL 20mm gun turret housing the M621 low-recoil cannon, the white Pod in the nose centre houses the FLIR (forward-looking infrared), CCD camera & a target acquisition system with thermal sight and laser rangefinder. [Aero India 2009] (Shot with my broken 55-250mm lens > MF to infinity > AF & IS switched-off)
Remarks: Chutes deployed & slowing down on runway 09, passing the IAF ramp on the left where you can see another one of our Su-30 SB112 in the celebration livery. In the foreground is N974VV - Omega Air DC-10's refuelling hose. [Aero India 2009]
Remarks: Billed as the best A332 ever built by Airbus - operating for one of only 6 Airlines in the world with a 5 Star Rating - others being Asiana Airlines (OZ), Cathay Pacific (CX), Malaysian Airlines (MH), Qatar Airways (QR) & Singapore Airlines (SQ). Damn my 28mm - wayy too much focal length for the 'Kingfisher First' Class which i just passed by :-(
Remarks:"Himachal Pradesh" stands proud on the ramp at VOHY as one of Air India's Next-Generation Flagship Airliner. Named after a beautiful hill state in northern India, nestled in western Himalayas - Himachal means 'Mountain of Snow' & Pradesh means 'Land', thereby its called as 'Land of the Snowy Mountains' and also popularly known as Devbhumi meaning Land of the Gods.
Remarks: First interior shot of Kingfisher's Next-Generation Flagship Airplane billed as the best A330-200 ever built by Airbus. We are in the Economy section of ship 'Juliet-November' - just past the fancy 'Kingfisher First' Class and its glitzy bar, which my 28-105mm lens wouldn't accomodate :-( Have to say, it felt aweful de-boarding this Five-Star Airliner ;-)
Remarks: First Photo of Kingfisher's A330's interior, we are in the economy section of ship 'Juliet-November' as the F/A's prepare to welcome us onboard to show-off this proud addition to their fleet. [India Aviation 2008]