Fans waiting for Russian Knights in Bangalore

Thursday, 07 February 2013 05:10

The Russian aerobatics team, Russian Knights, billed to be one of the star attractions, failed to turn up, disappointing delegates and aerobatics fans.


People had to satisfy themselves with the Flying Bulls aerobatics team from the Czech Republic and Sarang helicopter aerobatics team of IAF. The Czech and IAF teams had been seen in action during the 2011 air show too.

The Knights were expected to provide new experience for the crowd this year.

The Russian team was to reach Bangalore on Tuesday, a day ahead of the Aero India. However, the organizers are now hoping that the team will land at least by Thursday.

"In the worst case scenario, at least during the weekend when maximum number of spectators are expected, we will be able to have a display by the Knights," said one of the organizers.

Russian Ambassador to India, Alexander Kadakin, said bad weather in both Russia and India led to the delay.

"There was heavy snowing in Russia and the team'sdeparture from Moscow was delayed. They reached Hidon Air Force station near New Delhi on Tuesday night. But bad weather in North India delayed their flight to Bangalore. We expect them to reach Bangalore by Thursday," Kadakin said.

The 'Russian Knights' (RussikiyeVityazi), the aerobatic team of the Russian Air Force display team, will be flying in their Sukhoi Su-27 and Su-27UBfighters.

Aero India 2013 will be the first show for the team in 2013, following which they will performing at air shows in Paris, Dubai, Langkawi, Malaysia and China.

By Arun Dev, TNN | Feb 7, 2013


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