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Indian Air Force bids adieu to soviet era Mi-8 helicopter after 45 years of glorious service

The First Mi-8 Helicopter Arrived In India In The Year 1971 At Bombay. In 1972, Mi-8 Helicopters Were Formally Inducted Into The Indian Air Force. From 1972 To 1998, The IAF Inducted 107 Mi-8 Helicopters, Rechristened As The “PRATAP'.

News Nation Bureau | Reported By : Yasir Mushtaq | Edited By : Gautam Lalotra | Updated on: 17 Dec 2017, 09:59:12 PM
Indian Air Force chopper Mi 8 - File Photo

New Delhi:

Indian Air Force bid farewell to one its longest-serving attack helicopters, the MI-8, at a phasing out ceremony held on Sunday evening at the Air Force Station, Yelahanka in Bengaluru.

The MI-8’s served the Indian Air Force for 45 years after their induction way back in 1972. Air Chief Marshall (Retd) Fali Homi Major flew the last MI-8 mission along with CO 112HU for 10 minutes at the height of 1.5 kms and speed of 120 kms.

Former Air Chief Fali Homi Major described Mi 8 as one the finest helicopter which served as the backbone of IAF’s attacks prowess.

The first  Mi-8 helicopter arrived in India in the year 1971 at Bombay. In 1972 MI-8 helicopters were formally inducted into the Indian Air Force. From 1972 to 1998, the IAF inducted 107 Mi-8 helicopters, rechristened as the “PRATAP”.

Mi 8 helicopter's showcased their Ariel warfare capabilities by playing a major role in Operation Meghdoot in the Siachen Glacier and Operation Pawan in Sri Lanka added Air Marshal SRK Nair, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Training Command, IAF.

Mi-8 helicopters had also taken part in various Humanitarian and Disaster Relief operations across the country. This helicopter was also used for flying VIP’s/VVIP's for over decades. 

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First Published : 17 Dec 2017, 09:55:07 PM

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