While the skies over Yelahanka Air Force Station were abuzz with screaming jets displaying breathtaking manoeuvres, two fighters from the United States Air Force (USAF) have been grounded.
‘‘Given a chance, I would love to be up there in the sky,’’ one of the F15E pilots, Zacher D. Bartoe said, pointing to a Su-30 KMI on Thursday. ‘‘We can show our manoeuvres too,’’ he added. ‘‘Since we came late, there was no slot for us to fly,’’ the USAF pilot said.
The F-15Es landed at the AF station only on Tuesday. Like their Russian counterpart Pavel Vlasov, an MiG 29M2 pilot, the F15E pilot too says it’s difficult to compare SU-30s and their aircraft. ‘‘It is a very nice experience to see all these jets, which we normally do not get to see in the US,’’ he added.
Now, the two twin-engined jets are on display on ground and the pilots explain their ‘‘advanced’’ features to curious visitors.
The presence of F-15Es at the event had aroused much curiosity among serious aviators and the audience as, for the first time, they were expected to come face to face with Russian fighters at Aero India.