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Sarang display team is a team of Indian AirForce that performs helicopter display. Sarang implies peacock in Sanskrit and peacock is the national bird of India. The team flies four modified HAL Dhruv helicopters or ALH (Advanced Light Helicopter).

  1. The team was formed in October 2003 for the 1st performance at Asian Aerospace Show, Singapore, 2004. In 2005, this unit was given the identity of No.151.
  2. For the first time, two women are part of the Sarang team of the Indian Air Force and are appointed as Deepika Misra, the Squadron Leader and Sandeep Singh, engineering officer as the Flight Lieutenant. Misra was soon commissioned in the helicopter stream and was posted to a Chetak-Cheetah unit and is training for formation flying. Misra has almost completed here operational conversion into a Sarang.
  3. In a major policy shift in 2010, the IAF allowed women pilots to fly twin-engine medium to heavy-lift helicopters.
Deepika Misra and Sandeep Singh as part of SARANG

Deepika Misra and Sandeep Singh as Part of SARANG

First time that two Females became part of Sarang (Sanskrit: Peacock) team

- Published/Last Modified on: February 23, 2015


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