Sri Lanka Air Force 67th Anniversary Air Tattoo, the air show and the educational exhibition was declared open by the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Mr. Kapila Waidyaratne today (03 March 2018) on the invitation by the Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Kapila Jayampathy at SLAF Station Ampara. The Chief of Staff of the SLAF Air Vice Marshal Sumangala Dias,Chairman Organizing Committee SLAF 67th Anniversary Air Tattoo Air Vice Marshal SK Pathirana, Members of the Air Force Board of Management as well as Senior Officers of the SLAF, Officers and other ranks from Station Ampara were present to witness the grand opening. The public has also turned up in their numbers to witness this grand display and exhibition of Air Power at SLAF Station Ampara.
The 67th Anniversary Air Tattoo will show case the SLAF's military proficiency as well as her capabilities to handle its role in the national and regional landscape. It will showcase multipurpose air assets in her inventory and demonstrate to the public its capabilities in offensive roles, in providing humanitarian assistance in times of natural and man-made disasters as well as in helping to stabilize and shape the international landscape.
The Chief Guest paid a visit to each and every exhibit and also looked over the facilities before the others to make sure everything was perfect. A large number of school students were first to get the opportunity to witness the exhibition where they were educated in aspects aeronautics and others.
Furthermore, a Fly Past, Aerobatic Displays, a Parachute Display, a Display by Regimental Special Forces, an Air Dog Show, a Band and Drill Display, a Cultural Show and a Musical Extravaganza add glamor to the exciting line up of the tattoo. The day's proceedings will start at 2.00 pm and conclude at 11.00pm and entrance will be Free of Charge for the public.
The 67th Anniversary Air Tattoo will continue on 4th and 5th March 2018 and will showcase stalls from various units and formations of the Air Force coupled with a Kiddies Play area and food stalls.