Skydive Landing by IAF at Khardung La, Leh

Issue: 10 / 2020

With the aim to instil the qualities of camaraderie, team spirit, physical and mental courage, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has always been promoting adventure activities for its personnel. The IAF celebrated its 88th Anniversary on October 8, 2020.To commemorate this event, the IAF achieved a new record of the highest Skydive Landing at Khardung La, a mountain pass in Leh at an altitude of 17982 ft breaking its own earlier record. Wing Commander Gajanad Yadava and Warrant Officer A.K. Tiwari carried out successful skydiving from C-130J aircraft and landed at Khardung La on October 8 this year. The landing at such an altitude is extremely challenging due to low oxygen levels combined with low air density as well as rough and inhospitable hilly terrain. Both the Air Warriors have shown excellent professionalism, grit and determination in overcoming adverse conditions and achieving the grand success of setting a new record by the IAF.