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Air Force to deploy 80 military aircraft for anniversary

  • Nani Afrida

    The Jakarta Post

Madiun, East Java   /   Fri, March 31, 2017   /   11:46 am
Air Force to deploy 80 military aircraft for anniversary All ready: Technicians carry out maintenance activities on several Sukhoi aircraft at Iswahjudi Air Base in Magetan, East Java, on March 30. (Antara/Siswo Widodo)

Jakarta residents may suffer from buzzing in their ears on April 4 as 80 military planes will be dispatched to Halim Perdanakusuma Air Base in East Jakarta from across Java for a celebration to mark the 71th anniversary of the Indonesian Air Force  on April 9.    

Among the military planes prepared include dozens of jet fighters such as an F-16, Hawk, and Super Tucano.

The Air Force has gathered jets, helicopters and transport planes for the event in Madiun, East Java, and Bandung and Bogor in West Java. All of the planes will undergo practice sessions before they perform air attractions during the event.

“The planes will fly together to Jakarta on April 4. We understand there will be heavier air traffic at the commercial airport in Halim,” Air Force chief operation assistant Air Vice Marshal Bahrim told journalists at Iswahjudi Air Base in Madiun, East Java, on Thursday.

He said the commercial airport’s operator understood the situation because it had received notification of the potential for air traffic congestion before the commercial airport was established near Halim.

“During certain periods, Halim Perdanakusuma will be busy with air activity so it [the commercial airport's management] may have to postpone their flights,” Bahrim said. (ebf)