"Good morning. This is Captain Hertanto; Garuda Indonesia takes pleasure in welcoming you aboard its flight 603 to Surabaya."
With the heavily accented English of the pilot still ringing in your ears, you wonder. Garuda? You know it is the name of the Indonesian carrier. It looks like a bird. Isn't the image that of an eagle? Can it be more than that? Yes indeed. You are flying in the symbol of a nation. Let's discover the story of the Garuda bird and its traditional role in Java and Bali as well as its modern role in Indonesia today.
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