Pedestrians on D.R. Wijewardene Mawatha received the shock of their life, when a Russian built KA 26 helicopter crash landed on the street! (Deliberately, of course!) It was an exhibit and was towed to the site after removing its rotor blades. A spectacle indeed!
On 31st March 1976 the Air Force was honoured with the award of the President's Colour at a colourful ceremony held at the Sugathadasa Stadium, Colombo. Squadron Leader A. Walter Fernando led the colour parade.