QUETTA: A magnificent air show was held at the Pakistan Air Force Samungli airbase to enhance the bilateral ties between China and Pakistan in light of the CPEC.
On the occasion, Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) and PAF fighter jets jointly participated in the air show and performed flying manoeuvres. The Mirage jets, F-7PGs and J-10s filled Quetta’s sky with the various colours. Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri was the chief guest on the occasion. High-ranking civil and military officials of both countries witnessed the breathtaking mega event with large number of people. Air Vice Marshal Haseeb Paracha, Air Officer Commanding, Southern Air Command, was the chief host of the ceremony. The formation of four F-7PGs started the spectacular aerial display, led by Wing Commander Armughan. After the departure of the roaring F-7PGs, the army copters flew past the venue. Moments after the departure of the army helis, newly-procured Agusta Westland AW-139 helicopter appeared on the horizon for solo aerobatics display.
The six-member team of Chinese J-10, led by Col Cao Zhenzhong, performed jaw dropping aerobatics. The spectators cheered with joy to see the spectacular manoeuvres of the aircraft, rightfully called the Firebird (Nato name). Earlier in the day, the pilots of the J-10 interacted with PAF pilots and students from various schools and colleges. The Chinese contingent was led by Maj General Liu Chunking. Pakistan Air Force enjoys cordial relations with the PLAAF and this ceremony reflects the 68-year-old friendship. High-level delegations have been visiting each other’s countries to further enhance the mutual cooperation and friendly ties between the two air forces.