Bangladesh Air Force celebrated its 50th anniversary on Tuesday (28 September) with a series of programs. Born in the turbulent days of the Great Liberation War, Bangladesh Air Force celebrates this day as ‘Air Force Day’.
In celebration of 50th anniversary, Bangladesh Air Force put up aerial display of numeric ‘50’ by PT-6 aircrafts over Faridpur, Narayanganj and Dhaka. Fighter aircraft of Bangladesh Air Force comprising Mig-29 and F-7 flew over Godnail (Narayanganj), Eastern Refinery (Chattogram), House of AVM Sultan Mahmud (Officer Commanding, Kilo Flight) to commemorate the courageous contribution of Kilo Flight during Liberation War.
On this occasion, spectacular fireworks and cultural program were arranged in the evening. Air Chief Marshal Shaikh Abdul Hannan graced the occasion as chief guest.
In the program, a documentary film based on ‘Kilo Flight’ was screened highlighting the contribution, sacrifice, spirit of independence and patriotism of the members of Bangladesh Air Force during the liberation war. Among others, Kilo Flight veterans, former Chiefs of Bangladesh Air Force, Principal Staff Officers of Air Headquarters, invited guests, senior military and civil officials were also present on the occasion.
In addition to participating in the frontline battles, Air Force officers also performed various important duties such as sector commanders.
During the peak of the war, necessity of an Air Force was felt strongly. To this end, on 28 September 1971, with the help of the Indian Air Force, the Bangladesh Air Force launched ‘Kilo Flight’ at Dimapur, Nagaland, India, consisting of an Otter aircraft, a Dakota aircraft and an Alouette helicopter and 57 Bangali pilots, technicians and civilians.
With about 50 operations ‘Kilo Flight’ had shaken the nerve of Pakistani Forces by attacking strategic targets like Fuel depot at Godnail, Narayanganj and Eastern Refinery, Chattogram.