Republic Day Highlights 2022: From retirement of Virat to Cockpit view of Air Force
As we mark today 73rd Republic Day, it’s a proud moment for our country that so many years down the lines the Armed forces have protected in every extreme condition. Showing their sacrifice and love for the country, the parade caught our eyes on these specific events.
Aviation ministry tableau highlights
The civil aviation ministry’s tableau at the Republic Day parade highlighted the ‘Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN)’ project, which is being pushed to begin international flights this year as part of the regional connectivity programme.
More than eight million people have benefited from UDAN, which connects 65 underdeveloped airports with 403 flights.
The government requested proposals for foreign flights under the plan in late 2018, but the process was put on hold owing to the Covid-19 outbreak, which impacted the aviation industry worldwide. Scheduled commercial international passenger flights were also halted as a result of the pandemic.
Vande Bharatam Nritya displays vibrancy in form of colors, song & dance
Dancers selected from across the country gave a grand performance as part of the Vande Bharatam Nritya Utsav, jointly organised by the Union ministries of defence and culture, at the Republic Day parade in Delhi on Wednesday, displaying a canvas of colors, song, and dance that stretched across the stretch of Rajpath.
A total of 480 dancers were chosen from a statewide competition to perform during the procession on the newly renovated Rajpath.
The four renowned choreographers trained the colorful performers, according to the ministry of culture. Kathak dancer Rani Khanam, as well as Maiyetree Pahari, Tejaswini Sathe, and Santosh Nair, trained 36 teams of dancers from various states, according to the ministry.
Virat, elite horse of President’s Bodyguard, retires
The President’s Bodyguard (PBG) escorted President Ram Nath Kovind back to the Rashtrapati Bhavan as the 73rd Republic Day celebrations came to a close at the Rajpath. The appearance of Virat, the PBG’s special horse, added to the occasion’s significance.
On the eve of Army Day on January 15, Virat received the Chief of the Army Staff Commendation. Virat is the first horse to be honored for his outstanding service and ability. Following the conclusion of the Republic Day parade, the PBG announced Virat’s resignation. The horse has competed in the event 13 times with success.
First-time cockpit view of Air Force’s fly-past
Viewers of the Republic Day Parade 2022 were treated to stunning views of fly-past formations from the cockpit for the first time. The cockpit view and pilot view of the flypast were introduced with special arrangements. For this cockpit coverage of the IAF’s flypast, 59 cameras and 160 workers were deployed. The special arrangement was made because this year’s flypast was the “grandest and largest ever,” with 75 aircraft participating to commemorate the 75th anniversary of India’s independence, which India is honoring with the Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav.
The Republic Day Parade 2022 provided viewers with stunning views of fly-past formations from the cockpit for the first time. The cockpit view and pilot view of the flypast were introduced using special preparations. For this cockpit coverage of the IAF’s flypast, a total of 59 cameras and 160 personnel were deployed. The special arrangement was made because this year’s flypast was the “grandest and largest ever,” with 75 planes taking part in honor of India’s 75th anniversary of independence, which the Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav commemorates.
Shivangi Singh, India’s first woman Rafale jet pilot, part of Air Force tableau
Shivangi Singh, India’s first female pilot to fly a Rafale fighter jet, was part of the Indian Air Force tableau at Republic Day celebration. Shivangi is the second female fighter jet pilot to serve in the IAF, following Bhawna Kanth, who was the first female fighter jet pilot.
She was commissioned into the Indian Air Force’s second class of female fighter pilots in 2017. Shivangi formerly piloted MiG-21 Bison aircraft. She is a member of the IAF’s Golden Arrows squadron based in Ambala, Punjab, and hails from Varanasi.
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