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Indian Air Force Day: IAF 89th foundation day, history, significance and celebration

Indian Air Force Day: A scintillating air display by various aircraft will be the hallmark of the Air Force Day Parade-cum-investiture Ceremony at Air Force Station Hindan (Ghaziabad).

By Ishita Goyal
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Indian Air Force Day: Indian Air Force (IAF) is proudly celebrating its 89th anniversary this year. A breathtaking, scintillating, and daredevil air display by several IAF aircraft will be the hallmark and main attraction of the Air Force Day Parade cum Investiture Ceremony at Air Force Station Hindan in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad. Rehearsals for the air display by various aircraft was commenced from Friday, the areas over which aircraft will be flying at low levels are Wazirpur bridge, Karawal Nagar, Afjalpur, Hindon, Shamli, Jiwana, Chandinagar, Hapur and Pilkhuwa.

A scintillating air display by various aircraft will be the hallmark of the Air Force Day Parade-cum-investiture Ceremony at Air Force Station Hindan (Ghaziabad).

The air display will commence with flag-bearing skydivers of the famous AKASH GANGA Team dropping out of AN-32 aircraft in their colourful canopies at 08.00 am. The flypast would include heritage aircraft, modern transport aircraft and frontline fighter aircraft. The ceremony will conclude at 10:52 AM with the spellbinding aerobatic display.

To ensure the safety of the aircraft, pilots and people on the ground, the Indian Air Force has also requested all citizens of Delhi, Ghaziabad and its neighbourhood not to throw eatables and garbage in open as eatables thrown out in the open attract birds that can pose a serious threat to the aircraft flying at low levels.

Air Force Day India Date: Indian Air Force Day is celebrated on October 8 every year.

Air Force Day history, significance:

The Indian Air Force was officially established on 8 October 1932. Its first ac flight came into being on April 1 1933. It possessed a strength of six RAF-trained officers and 19 Havai Sepoys (literally, air soldiers). The aircraft inventory consisted of four Westland Wapiti IIA army co-operation biplanes at Drigh Road as the “A” Flight nucleus of the planned No.1 (Army Co- operation) Squadron, IAF stated on its website.

Why is Indian Air Force Day celebrated on October 8? The IAF was founded on October 8, 1932, and the force has participated in several crucial wars and landmark missions. It was officially established as an auxiliary air force of the British Empire which honoured India’s aviation service during World War II with the prefix Royal. After India gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1947, the name Royal Indian Air Force was kept and served in the name of Dominion of India. With the government’s transition to a Republic in 1950, the prefix Royal was removed.

Since 1950 the IAF has been involved in four wars with neighbouring Pakistan and one with the People’s Republic of China. Other major operations undertaken by the IAF include Operation Vijay, Operation Meghdoot, Operation Cactus and Operation Poomalai. The IAF’s mission expands beyond engagement with hostile forces, with the IAF participating in United Nations peacekeeping missions.

The IAF is the air arm of the Indian Armed Forces and its primary mission is to secure Indian airspace and to conduct aerial warfare during armed conflict. Its complement of personnel and aircraft assets ranks fourth amongst the air forces of the world. During the event, IAF chief and senior officials of the three armed forces were present. An air show by various aircraft is displayed by the pilots.

The President of India holds the rank of Supreme Commander of the IAF. The Chief of Air Staff, an air chief marshal, is a four-star officer and is responsible for the bulk of operational command of the Air Force. There is never more than one serving ACM at any given time in the IAF.

Air Force Day quotes:

On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no soldier behind. As a nation, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave no veteran behind. – Dan Lipinski

I regret I have but one life to give for my country – Prem Ramchandan

Either I will come back after hoisting the tricolour, or I will come back wrapped in it, but I will be back for sure – Captain Vikram Batra, Param Vir Chakra (the highest military honour in India)

Air Force Day wishes:

We feel proud to have you as our saviours of the air. Wishing you all a very Happy Indian Airforce Day!

Let us celebrate the special occasion of Indian Air Force Day by thanking all the air force for being a courageous and inspirational force.

We are blessed to be born in a country of real heroes who are always there to protect us and keep us safe…. Happy Indian Air Force Day.

Today we are breathing freely just because we live in a free country. Happy Indian Air Force Day!

Happy Indian Air Force Day to all the air warriors of the nation. Thank You for protecting the skies like a guardian to helping in harsh problems like Devdoot.

Warm wishes on Indian Air Force Day to our air force who has always been there for us looking over us like a guardian soul…. Happy Indian Air Force Day to you.


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