Indian Air Force Hoodie
Indian Air Force Hoodie
Indian Air Force Hoodie
Indian Air Force Hoodie
Indian Air Force Hoodie

Indian Air Force Hoodie

Regular price $30.50

This design features the words "Indian Air Force (भारतीय वायुसेना) and pays tribute to India’s ‘dancing elephant helicopters’ started in 1977 when the first one of its kind took to the air. These colorful adaptations, designed to display military might, industrial strength and the country’s cultural diversity, have entered popular folklore.

In 1969 India started building a licensed version of the popular French Aérospatiale Alouette III. It was manufactured by HAL and named Chetak – after a warhorse belonging to the 16th century King Maharana Pratap. The name meant devotion, bravery and resistance to occupation. However, it wasn’t until the annual Republic Day parade, held in New Delhi at some point in the 1970s, that the Chetak was lifted into stardom.

One of the helicopters belonging to IAF Helicopter Unit No. 116. The entire body of the aircraft was covered in richly decorated textiles, complete with four hollow ‘legs’, two massive ‘ears’, a pair of ‘tusks’, and a massive ‘trunk’. The aircraft created a furor in the crowd, and rightfully so. One of the national animals of India, and a powerful symbol of its might, the elephant was a spectacular sight to behold, even though all the dressed-up helicopter could do was fly slowly in a straight line.

• 50% pre-shrunk cotton, 50% polyester
• Fabric weight: 8.0 oz/yd² (271.25 g/m²)
• Air-jet spun yarn with a soft feel and reduced pilling
• Double-lined hood with matching drawcord
• Quarter-turned body to avoid crease down the middle
• 1 × 1 athletic rib-knit cuffs and waistband with spandex
• Front pouch pocket
• Double-needle stitched collar, shoulders, armholes, cuffs, and hem
• Blank product sourced from Honduras, Mexico, or Nicaragua

Size guide

  S M L XL 2XL 3XL 4XL 5XL
Length (inches) 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34
Width (inches) 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 34
Indian Air Force Hoodie
Indian Air Force Hoodie
Indian Air Force Hoodie