Air show on Cuttack Kathajodi river for Biju Patnaik’s birth centenary


The Ministry of Defence is agreed to have considered favourably the Odisha Government’s proposal for conducting an air show as part of Biju Patnaik centenary celebrations.

State’s Sports and Youth Services and Information and Public Relations Department said a plan has been jointly chalked out to organise an air show by Indian Air Force personnel on the vast stretch of Kathjodi riverbed in Cuttack in December this year.

“This will not only provide a rare opportunity to the people of Odisha to witness the grand spectacle but will also inspire the youths of the state to join the Indian Air Force,” Patnaik had written to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

Sources said the Indian Air Force will display 13 Air crafts, Surya Kiran AT, Sarang and Akash Ganga performance in December 2016 over the vast stretch of Kathjodi river bed at Cuttack, the birth place of the legendary leader.

Notably, the State Government has undertaken an year-long celebration starting from March 5, to make the birth centenary year of the former Chief Minister of Late Biju Patnaik.

Biju Patnaik was an aviator par excellence, known for his daring display of courage in evacuating stranded Britishers in Burma to safety during the second World War.

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