MHOW: The Indian Army and the whole nation are celebrating the golden jubilee of our proud victory in the 1965 Indo- Pak War. In the series of such celebrations, the Army Aero Nodal Centre (AANC), Mhow started its Micro light flying expedition which started in Mhow on Saturday. The fleet of three micro light planes carrying six officers will cover 12 cities of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Punjab and Haryana and then return back to Mhow on September 18.
Military College of Telecommunication Engineering (MCTE) commandant Lt Gen RS Panwar flagged off the flying expedition at the AANC node situated near Hema Field Firing Range on Mhow- Pithampur road on Saturday morning. Before flagging off, Panwar handed over the expedition flag to AANC in charge Lt Col MS Chawla and a group photo with the team was taken. A large number of officers and other ranks were present in the function, in which the three planes passed one by one through the spectators. Capt Ritu Malik and Lt Bhartendu Shukla narrated the commentary.
The pilots taking part in the expedition are Lt Col MS Chawla (team leader), Col MS Randhawa, Maj Aby TM, Maj SM Gupta, Suja Ram and Bahadur Singh.
Microlight flying is a challenging national event and AANC (Microlight and Powered Hang Gliding) Mhow is running under the aegis of Army Adventure Wing (AAW). The expedition which was flagged off, is a daring venture which involves cross country flying by a fleet of three fixed wing aircrafts over a distance of 3250 kilometers in 13 days. The route of the expedition will be Mhow, Ahmedabad, Bhuj, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Bhatinda, Hissar, Patiala, Hindon, Agra, Gwalior and Kota, besides many other cities and towns enroute. During this expedition, eight grand displays of Banners will also be conducted at Bhuj, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Bhatinda, Hissar, Patiala, Delhi and Kota.
The Army Microlight flying team has undertaken many daring expeditions in the past and is known as The Mountain Eagles.
They will face difficult weather and gusty winds making it an extremely daring and adventurous expedition over the coastal sea, deserts in Gujarat and Rajasthan and the plains of Punjab, Haryana and MP. The team will pay homage to the martyrs of 1965 Indo-Pak war and reiterate the traditions of valour, courage and adventure of Indian Army.
MCTE press release stated that the AAW endeavours to provide quality adventure training to volunteers of all ranks of the army and selected personnel of Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and Para military Forces in fourteen disciplines of adventure activities. This motivates young soldiers to continue their passion for adventure and tough regime through all phases of military service life.