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Indian Air Force Day: Everything You Need To Know

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The Indian Air Force day is celebrated on the 8th of October every year. Here are some facts you must know about this day. The Indian Air Force was established on October 8, 1932, and since then it has recorded various remarkable achievements including participating in some crucial wars and accomplishing some landmark missions. On 1 April 1933, IAF’s first ac flight came into being with 6 RAF-trained officers and 19 Havai Sepoys or air soldiers.

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Initially known as the Royal Indian Air Force, the prefix Royal was dropped in 1950 when India transitioned into a Republic. The IAF is the air wing of the Indian Armed Forces and the fourth largest air force in the world. It is headed by an Air Chief Marshal (ACM), while the President of India is the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces.


Nabham Sparsham Deeptham is the motto of the Indian Air Force which means Touch the Sky with Glory. For the unversed, the motto of IAF has been taken from the eleventh chapter of the Bhagavad Gita.

Celebration 2021:

On the occasion of the 89th anniversary of the Indian Air Force (IAF), its new head Air Chief Marshal V R Chaudhari said Friday that the prompt action in response to the developments in Ladakh was a “testament to the IAF’s combat readiness”.

The 2021 IAF Day parade will pay tribute to the heroes of the 1971 war, which saw India defeat Pakistan, and led to the birth of Bangladesh. “We will depict the famous Tangail airdrop operation with three paratroopers, including one from the Army, making a jump from a vintage Dakota transport aircraft,” a senior official of the force said.

There will also be a Vinaash formation, which will showcase the victory in the Battle of Longewala. Six Hunter aircraft will carry out this formation.

The IAF will also honour its only Param Vir Chakra awardee, Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon, with a Sekhon formation. This would see one aircraft each–Rafale, Tejas, Jaguar, MiG-29 and Mirage 2000–flying over the marchpast together.

Additionally, Mi-17 and Chinook helicopters will perform the Meghna formation.


President Kovind, PM Modi salute ‘air warriors’ on 89th anniversary of IAF
On the occasion of the 89th anniversary of the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his greetings to the “air warriors and their families” of the country.

President Ram Nath Kovind congratulated the IAF for its “competency and capability time and again during peace and war.”

“Greetings to air warriors, veterans & their families on Air Force Day. The nation is proud of the Indian Air Force which has proved its competency and capability time and again during peace and war. I am sure the IAF will continue to maintain its cherished standards of excellence,” President Kovind said.

PM Modi tweeted, “The Indian Air Force is synonymous with courage, diligence and professionalism. They have distinguished themselves in defending the country and through their humanitarian spirit in times of challenges.” He also attached a series of pictures of the Indian Air Force over the years.

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