Doordarshan is all set to capture the various moods and hues of the Air Force Day on October 8, 2018.
The Indian Air Force was officially established on October 8, 1932. Doordarshan has been covering the event live for the last 8 years. This year the event will be covered with 12 HD cameras and telecast live from 9 am till around 11.30 am.
The ceremony starts with paratroopers landing at the parade ground, followed by a massive parade of air warriors selected for the occasion from all units of air force. A special rifle show is the main attraction of the parade every year. Around 20 air warriors perform various rifle handling and maneuvering skills which is a major attraction for the spectators. After the parade, the Air Force chief delivers his address and message to the Force and their families. He confers awards and honors for exemplary service to officers and field units.
After the parade, the air show starts wherein all types of aircraft from vintage type to modern fighter jets are flown in various formations showing the skills and capabilities of the pilots. The main attraction of the show is helicopter show which is organised towards the end.
A total of 3 vintage helicopters are flown performing various air maneuvers and formations and flying at very low height waving to the audience. The show ends with the helicopter show. Doordarshan will telecast the event from around 9 am till it is concluded with specialized commentary in Hindi and English. It will be telecast live on DD Bharati and DD-India channels and also partly on DD-News channel as News bytes.
DD has done extensive preparations for the coverage. A 12 camera HD OB van and HD DSNG van has been deployed at the venue since October 3. Underground cables of around 12 Kms connecting all the cameras to the OB van have been laid. A total of 5 specialized 40 ft high Jimmy Jib mounted cameras will be used to take high elevation shots and 6 wide angle HD lenses will also be used for capturing the panoramic pictures of the event. Around 60 engineers, cameramen, producers and scenic officers and staff are deployed for covering the event.