Nigeria Air Force exhibits 23 aircraft for acrobatic display at independence day

81,883FansLike
2,966FollowersFollow
3,980SubscribersSubscribe
81,883FansLike
3,122FollowersFollow
3,980SubscribersSubscribe

In a daring and fearless move, well-trained fighter pilots of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) mounted 23 aircraft and participated actively at the 58th Independence Day Celebration in Abuja, despite losing one of their colleague in rehearsal air crash few days ago.

- Advertisement -

PRNigeria gathered that the 23 aircrafts that participated in the aerial show by the Nigerian Air Force at the ceremony included Helicopters, Fighter Jets, C-130, Heavy Airlift, Medium and light airlift aircraft.

Recalled that while training for the aerial show, two jets crash last Friday, which claimed the life of Squadron Leader Bello Baba-Ari and leaving two wounded survivors.

- Advertisement -

[read_more id="2" more="Read full article" less="Read less"]

The pilots who participated at the Independence Celebration today were mostly young and middle-cadre officers under the command of a top-ranking air force officer. They exhibited great aerobatics display to the admiration of President Muhammad Buhari and top public functionaries who witnessed the occasion at the Eagle’s Square Abuja.

- Advertisement -

PRNigeria observed an emotional moment after the aerial parade and successfully landing in the airport, when some of the young pilots emerged from their aircaft and embraced themselves with tears as they prayed for their lost colleague and survivors.

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has boosted its air fleet with 49 fighter planes and attack helicopters  in the last three years. It also reactivated 15 helicopters and trained over 90 pilots.

Early in the day, President Muhammadu Buhari took the salute at the Eagle Square, Abuja, as military and para-military organisations held a colourful parade in commemoration of Nigeria’s 58th Independence.

The event was the first full-fledged Independence Day parade since the celebration was marred by an explosion, which occurred near Eagle Square on Oct. 1, 2010.

Shortly after arrival at the square, the president, who was the Special Guest of Honour, mounted the parade car and inspected the Guards.

Ceremonially dressed men drawn from, the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Air Force, Nigeria Police, Nigerian Customs Service, Nigerian Prisons Service and Nigerian Immigration Service filed out.

Also in the parade were men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nigerian Fire Service, National Youth Service Scheme (NYSC) and the Nigerian Legion.

After the inspection of Guards, Buhari took the presidential salute.

The parade, commanded by Lt.-Col. Muktar Dauda, then commenced the match past, which broke from slow to quick march in synchronised format attracting applause from the spectators.

After the match past, there was a display of equipment by the Army, Navy, Police and Air Force, which was followed by firing of volleys and 21-Gun Salute.

Soon afterwards, the President received three hearty cheers and granted permission to the parade commander to march off the parade.

The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, service chiefs, Chief Justice of the Federation, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, members of the Federal Executive Council and captains of industry graced the event.

Notable absentees at the celebration were the duo of Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.

[/read_more]

- Advertisement -
WhatsApp Image 2020 12 12 at 17.28.57
Today News Africahttps://todaynewsafrica.com
Today News Africa is a US-based international news organization focused on US-Africa policy and breaking news. Our goal is to provide truthful and exclusive stories to a diverse audience across North America and the African Continent. Subscribe to our news page at https://todaynewsafrica.com/ and Follow us on Twitter @todaynewsafrica

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Trending Now

TRENDING

00:13:26

EXCLUSIVE: Amnesty International urges Biden to call out Al-Sisi over “vicious crackdown” in Egypt

Written by Simon Ateba and Kristi Pelzel in Washington D.C. Amnesty International on Wednesday urged U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. to call out President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi of Egypt over what it described as "a vicious crackdown against activists, media, and people who do not align with views of the state or his religion." <img src="https://todaynewsafrica.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/26539495495_bc64347012_c.jpg" alt="Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi sits with U.S. Secretary of...

[/read_more]

[read_more id="2" more="Read full article" less="Read less"]

error: Alert: Content is protected !!
Share
Tweet
Reddit
Pocket
Share
More