CLARK AIR BASE – A flyby of 66 of the Philippine Air Force’s (PAF) planes is one of the highlights of PAF’s 66th anniversary celebration at Clark Air Base in Angeles,
President Benigno Aquino 3rd is in Clark to lead the anniversary rites.
Participating in the flyby are nine T-41D Mescaleros, three S-211 jets, two OV-10 Broncos, two Aermacchi SF-260TP, three NOMADs, three Fokker F-27, three Lockheed C-130s, six UH-1Hs, one Sikorsky S-76A, one Bell B-205 helicopter, one Huey II, six W-3A
Sokols, and four MG-520 attack choppers.
This year’s flyby is larger by 23 aircraft than the 43 that took part in last year’s anniversary.
Other highlights of the celebration are a slow drill and band drill exhibition, parade
and review, a high-speed opener pass by an s-211, SF-260FH and SF-260FH aircraft and recognition and presentation of appropriate awards to outstanding individuals of PAF.
Joining the President were Vice President Jejomar Binay, Philippine National Police chief Director Gen. Allan Purisima, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Armed Forces of the Philippines chief-of-staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista and PAF chief Lt. Gen. Lauro Catalino Dela Cruz.
The PAF was founded on July 1, 1947, two years after the end of World War II. It traces its lineage to the Philippine Army Air Corps which was established in 1941.
CATHERINE S. VALENTE