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Thursday 12 June 2008

Sarang helicopter display team wins award at the Berlin Air Show

(Photo: The Sarang team flying past after a performance in the Berlin Air Show in June 08)

The Indian Air Force's helicopter Display team ‘Sarang’ has been adjudged the ‘Best looking close formation’ aerobatic team at the ILA Berlin Air Show 2008.

Five aircraft formation teams from India, Switzerland, Austria, UK and Germany participated in the Berlin Air Show.

After the Berlin Air Show, the ‘Sarang’ (which means Peacock) team of 4 Dhruv helicopters, 14 officers and 32 airmen are currently in England. They are slated to perform at Biggin Hill Air Show followed by Waddington Air Show, Fairford Royal International and finally the prestigious Farnborough International Air Show in July 08 before returning to India.

The ‘Sarang’ team was formed in March 2002. Its first public display was as a three-helicopter team during the Asian Aerospace Exhibition at Singapore in 2004. Since then, the team has graduated to a four helicopter team and has participated in numerous displays in India and abroad. The team suffered a fatal accident in the run-up to the Aero India 2007 in Bangalore, when a helicopter crashed during rehearsals killing one pilot and critically injuring the other. However, the team has maintained a clean record since then.


  1. wow.. for once i beat Ankur in commenting crap

  2. to ankur, or who ever you are
    There is a saying in hindi which goes
    When the elephant walks the dogs bark. the elephant doesnt give a damn.
    Dont give a damn about these paki dogs. They dont like somebody who praises Indian achievements esp in the field of defense. Post what you feel like. dont care about these dogs.
    keep posting

  3. hey anon, a dog is man's best friend. Perhaps it barks to ward off a helpless person.

    Have u seen a pig in the zoo? That's more like u.

    Thanks for calling me a dog. It's a plessure to have the kind of gratitude a dog has, which is 100x superior to the best human's gratitude.



  4. so you confess you are a paki, do you? grateful to the kind of assfuq your assfuq is giving to you?
    You would have been warding off useless persons and helping helpless persons if you were a nice dog. But you are a mad dog so you are barking to ward off a helpless person. And I am sure Ajai hasnt kept you as pets. So sooner rather than later you would be put to sleep.
    Mean while we see these beauties of IAF and feel proud of it.

    Sorry to all the dogs in the world for comparing them to pakis.

  5. i've been accused of being a paki porki simply too many times. But leave it, happy you hate them because I too hate them.

    But leaving that aside, in your first post there was no mention about Mad Dog.

    You just said "here is a saying in hindi which goes
    When the elephant walks the dogs bark. the elephant doesnt give a damn". I don't see "mad"

    Yet I still maintain, A mad dog is 100x superior than a pig. It's only behaving stupid because of it's mental disability; which it has no control over. The only one to blame is god or mother nature for that fault.

    I'm really taken aback by the support you shower upon Ankur.

  6. in my first post there was no mention of mad dog- true
    but you wrote exactly what you were doing

    A good dog would have been warding off useless persons and helping helpless persons, but a mad dog would be barking to ward off a helpless person
    and so i call you a mad dog.

    I mean why are you so interested in putting off Ankur? What has he done to you?
    I too am quite taken aback by the kind of hatred you have against Ankur. I mean leave him, he is just a kid, enthusiastic about Indian Armed Forces and has found this blog. A lot of things to him would be new gyaan to him. So he is excited. Fine, why do you have to go for him like that.

    But I am encouraged by the first post from you which shows some sense in you.
    But one thing i still dont understand from your post is since when have pigs been in zoo? The ones i have seen are Hogs or soov(n)ars. I still dont see how that applies to me just as a paki doesnt apply to you.
    I would gladly apologize to calling you a paki if you are not one. NO Indian should be called a paki.

  7. A helpless person in the sense that it may be the dog's master, which may have been threatened by the elephant. Of course any human is helpless infromt of an elephant! The dog tries to save his master by scaring off the elephant (but ofcourse, to no avail). Similarly, I'm trying to save other commentors and even Shukla himself from Ankur's posts. If you feel I'm (or a dog) is mad because of that, I'll not quarell with you any longer, as I don't quarrel with psychopaths.

    Bro, again you're just as naive. You may wanna check back some of the comments in Shukla's previous posts to understand why I'm using the name SooooNER. Another innocent kid has been dragged into this.

    Why I'm putting off Ankur? Again, you're late in this. This time, too late. It's based on some previous misunderstanding; the comments are no longer available as the topic has been removed. You'd have had a good laugh had you read it.

    But actually we kept no heart feelings. It was over within a day. However I still can't explain why I keep thinking of Ankur whenever I visit Shukla's blog; prompting me to say something about him.

    He may have left permenantly due to me!! Hey Ankur; relax. I'm just fooling with you with a soft heart, no grudges held. Just come on in and say something. I'll stop it I swear and we can be friends. (I assume we already are??)

    But for arguments sake,(since you asked), why are you in for Ankur? I'll have the answer to that and lets push this to aside. No more cursing and swearing. Sorry for any hurt feelings although I don't mean a pinch.

    OK.. leave everything out and gimme a five; for the sentence "NO Indian should be called a paki"; That's the spirit!

    Oh ya, and there are pigs in Zoos. I saw in Maryland last year.

  8. And even a country full of pigs in our upper border. :-)

  9. Interesting reply.
    About being a psychopath
    You keep thinking of ankur and call me a psychopath.
    well the voices in my head say I am not :D
    About pigs in maryland. Well its US isnt it. They do all funny things including drive on the wrong side.
    And on pigs on the other side of the border.
    Well we all wish that zoo had a better fencing.
    You do sound like a friend (No sarcasm here, he indeed is a friend) of mine who goes by the nick zero.
    Anyways as wiki says dont bite newbies, let them be. I came in coz it became a bit like bullying. Unfortunately Ajai thinks everyone who comes to his blog is an adult and can fend for himself. So he wont intervene in these comment wars.(I dont think he has time for it as well.)
    Anyways here is a five for your spirit as well.
    Lets keep this well meaning blog clean guys.

  10. I'm familiar with WP and that saying don't bite newbies, but Ankur isn't a Newbie!!!

    @Ankur: I know u r reading this, come out man. I'll stop it. I've explained myself and there's nothing more to fear!

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