Thanks to the determined efforts of a few like Groupie Bhargava and Bhushan Narang, not to forget Air Hq itself, which set the ball rolling, HAL has graciously consented to host the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the first flight of the Marut.
Co-incidentally the dates match perfectly, Fri 17 Jun 2011, marks exactly 50 years of that historical flight.
Tentatively the programme is a dinner meet on 17 Jun, followed next morning by a visit to the HAL and probably an aerial display. Also planned is an in-house get together on Saturday 18 Jun.
So be warned , at least a three day stop over, or else you’ll be eating your hearts out again. For those who thought the Gnat show was awesome, Bhushan says you ain’t seen anything yet! And that is from the horse’s mouth, after their meeting with the Chairman, HAL, three days ago.
If you miss out now – there’s a long wait till 01 Apr 2017 to celebrate 50 years of the Marut entering operational service – it’s also April Fools day. So don’t push your luck.