Who: Heritage Flying Expedition
When: 22 September 2015
Heritage Flying Expedition: Expedition conducted by South Western Command to commemorate 50 years of 1965 Indo-Pak war
The Heritage Flying Expedition was in news on 22 September 2015 as the Pushpak aircraft, which formed a part of the Heritage Flying Expedition, touched down at Sanganer airport in a ceremony attended by Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.
The aircraft, which is more than 55-years-old, was used for Air Observation role in the 1965 and 1971 operations. The aircraft was rebuilt and refurbished to flying standards with no modern equipment. Pushpak aircraft is being flown by Brigadier AS Sidhu and Lieutenant Colonel Arvind Saini.
The expedition commenced on 14 September 2015 from Bathinda and flew all along the Western border from Amritsar (Punjab) to Naliya in Kutch (Gujarat). More than 3500 kms were flown in the vintage aircraft.
The aim of this heritage flying expedition was to honour the martyrs, who had laid down their lives during the Indo-Pak war of 1965. The expedition generated awareness among the present generation on the type of aircraft and difficulties under which our predecessors flew.