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IAF phases out Soviet-era multi-utility MI-8 choppers

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The Soviet-era MI-8, the backbone of the Indian Air Force helicopter operations, was phased out, bringing an end to its glorious service career spanning 45 years.
The phasing out ceremony was held at the Air Force Station at Yelahanka in Bengaluru, where the veterans bade a touching adieu to the multi-role helicopter fleet of IAF.
The Air Force had already phased out the 107 MI-8 helicopters, also known as ‘Pratap’ and the last chopper stopped its rotor at the Air Force Station, Yelahanka today.
A grand ceremony preceded the end of the MI-8 helicopter’s service. Veterans headed by Air Chief Marshall (Retd) Fali Homi Major flew the last MI-8 mission along with the other crew members.
Air Marshal S R K Nair, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Training Command, IAF was the chief guest on the occasion while Air Marshal Jasjit Singh Kler, Commandant NDA, was also present.
MI-8 also known as PRATAP phasing out ceremony was held, today, at the Air Force Station, Yelahanka in Bengaluru. The ceremony was attended by veterans headed by Air Chief Marshall (Retd) Fali Homi Major PVSM, AVSM, SC, VM, ADC. He flew the last MI-8 mission along with CO 112HU.
Formally inducted in 1972 and rechristened as “Pratap”, MI-8 took part in several major IAF operations, including Operation Meghdoot in the Siachen Glacier and Operation Pawan in Sri Lanka.the Indian Peace Keeping Force operation in Sri Lanka. The last relief service it participated in was the Chennai floods in 2015.

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