Indian Air Force (Men's)
Indian Air Force (Men's)
Indian Air Force (Men's)
Indian Air Force (Men's)
Indian Air Force (Men's)

Indian Air Force (Men's)

Regular price $20

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.

• 100% combed and ring-spun cotton (Heather colors contain polyester)
• Ash color is 99% combed and ring-spun cotton, 1% polyester
• Heather colors are 52% combed and ring-spun cotton, 48% polyester
• Athletic and Black Heather are 90% combed and ring-spun cotton, 10% polyester
• Heather Prism colors are 99% combed and ring-spun cotton, 1% polyester
• Fabric weight: 4.2 oz (142 g/m2)
• Pre-shrunk fabric
• Side-seamed construction
• Shoulder-to-shoulder taping

Size guide

  XS S M L XL 2XL 3XL 4XL 5XL
Length (inches) 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 36
Width (inches) 16 ½ 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 31
Indian Air Force (Men's)
Indian Air Force (Men's)
Indian Air Force (Men's)