In line with celebrations to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the EDSA-1 Revolution, the Philippine Air Force (PAF)’s two brand-new FA-50PH “Fighting Eagle” light-interim fighter aircraft will perform a high-speed opener pass.
This was confirmed by PAF spokesperson Col. Enrico Canaya in an interview Monday.
The two Korea Aerospace Industries-made jet planes will be followed by a fly-by consisting of 15 SIAI-Marchetti SF-260FH trainer aircraft, three newly-acquired Bell 412 combat utility helicopters, three UH-ID helicopters and three attack version of the AgustaWestland AW-109E.
Two UH-IH combat utility helicopters will also conduct a flower drop at the EDSA Shrine in Ortigas Avenue, Mandaluyong.
Air Force participation was requested by the EDSA-1 organizers, the PAF spokesperson said.
Canaya also said this would be the first time the PAF conducts aerial maneuvers in honor of this historic event as most of the Air Force participation in celebrating the EDSA-1 People’s Power Revolution was limited to flower drops.
by: Priam F. Nepomuceno