On Indian Air Force’s 88th Anniversary that was celebrated on 8 October, the force achieved a new record of the highest Skydive Landing at Khardungla Pass, Leh at an altitude of 17,982 ft breaking its own earlier record.
Wing Commander Gajanand Yadava and Warrant Officer A K Tiwari carried out successful skydiving jump from C-130J aircraft and landed at Khardungla Pass, Leh on 8 October, 2020. The landing at such an altitude is extremely challenging due to low oxygen levels combined with low air density and rough and inhospitable hilly terrain.
The IAF said in a statement, “Both the Air Warriors have shown excellent professionalism, grit and determination in overcoming adverse conditions and achieving the grand success of setting a new IAF record”.
With an aim to instill the qualities of camaraderie, team spirit, physical and mental courage, the IAF promotes adventure activities for its personnel. The IAF makes sustained efforts towards capacity building and promotion of adventure activities at grass root level there by encouraging the environment and to motivate young Air Warriors to undertake adventure activities.
This achievement demonstrates the capability of the IAF to scale new heights despite the challenges and remain committed to their motto of Mission, Integrity and Excellence.