Bengaluru's skies dazzled with somersaults and stunts by metal birds on the breathtaking display of manoeuvres by military aircraft on Wednesday, the first day of Aero India, 2019.
Political row hit Rafale jet was the centre of attraction on the first day of Asia's premier air show at Yelahanka air base in Bengaluru.
The might of the Rafale jet was in full flow as it roared into the skies on Wednesday.
The aircraft flew at low speed to pay tribute to Wing Commander Sahil Gandhi who died in a mid-air collision between two aircraft of IAF's aerobatics team 'Surya Kiran" during rehearsal on Tuesday.
Three Rafale jets were landed in Bengaluru for Aero India- two for flying and one on static display.
Rafale had been participating in Aero India shows since 2011.
India has signed an Inter-Government Agreement with France to purchase 36 Rafales-- to form two squadrons.
The biennial edition of International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition - Aero India 2019 was inaugurated by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the presence of Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy. (Image tweeted by @DrSubhashMoS)
The event saw the flypast and thrilling manoeuvres by MIG 21, Sarang team, Saras PT1, Embraer along with Sukhoi, Boeing P8I, LCA Tejas, HTT40, Sukhoi Su-30MKI, LUH, F-16 Fighting Falcon, Airbus 330 and the mighty B-52 Stratofortress bomber, among others. (Image tweeted by @SpokespersonMoD)