IAF sets new record of highest skydive landing at Khardungla Pass in Leh             

New Delhi (NVI): Two Indian Air Force personnel achieved a new record of the highest skydive landing at Khardungla Pass in Leh at an altitude of 17,982 feet, breaking IAF’s own earlier record.

Wing Commander Gajanad Yadava and Warrant Officer AK Tiwari carried out successful skydiving jump from C-130J aircraft and landed at Khardungla Pass, Leh yesterday, the Indian Air Force said in a statement.

The feat was achieved as IAF celebrated its 88th anniversary yesterday. “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. 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,” IAF said in a statement.

With an aim to instill the qualities of camaraderie, team spirit, physical and mental courage, the IAF has always been promoting adventure activities for its personnel, it said.

The IAF has always made 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 unique achievement once again demonstrates the capability of the IAF to scale new heights despite the challenges and remain committed to our motto of Mission, Integrity and Excellence,” read the official statement.