Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, October 8
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has created a new record for the highest skydive landing at Khardung La Pass near Leh, touching down at an altitude of 17,982 feet, while commemorating its 88th Anniversary on October 8.
With this feat, the IAF has broken its own earlier record. Wing Commander Gajanad Yadava and Warrant Officer AK Tiwari carried out the successful skydiving jump from a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft.
The landing at such an altitude is extremely challenging due to low oxygen levels combined with low air density and rough and inhospitable mountainous terrain. Both the Air Warriors have shown a high degree of professionalism, grit and determination in overcoming adverse conditions.
This unique achievement once again demonstrates the capability of the IAF to scale new heights despite the challenges and remain committed to its motto of Mission, Integrity and Excellence, an official statement issued today said.
The IAF has always made sustained efforts towards capacity building and promotion of adventure activities at the grass root level that motivate young Air Warriors and instill the qualities of camaraderie, team spirit, physical and mental courage.