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Indian Air Force Day

  • 08 Oct 2020
  • 3 min read

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The Indian Air Force (IAF) is celebrating 88th Air Force Day on 8th October.

Key Points

  • 8th October: On this day, the Air Force in India was officially raised in 1932 as the supporting force of the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom.
  • History:
    • 1933: First operational squadron.
    • 1940s: After participation in World War II (1939-45), the Air Force in India came to be called the Royal Indian Air Force.
    • 1950: It became the Indian Air Force after the republic came into being.
  • Facts:
    • India Air Force is the fourth largest in the world after the USA, China and Russia.
    • Headquarters: New Delhi
    • Motto of the IAF is ‘Touch the Sky with Glory’ and it was taken from the eleventh chapter of the Bhagavad Gita.
    • The President of India holds the rank of Supreme Commander of the air force.
    • The Chief of Air Staff, an air chief marshal is responsible for the operational command of the air force.
    • Operations:
      • After independence, IAF took part in wars with Pakistan and the People's Republic of China.
      • Operation Meghdoot: It was on 13th April in 1984 when the Indian Army along with the Indian Air Force and paramilitary forces launched the 'Operation Meghdoot' to secure the control of the heights predominating the Siachen glacier.
      • IAF took part in relief operations during natural calamities such as Gujarat cyclone in 1998, the tsunami in 2004, etc.
      • IAF works with the United Nations’ peacekeeping missions.
  • Celebrations:
    • The day is being marked by the main event comprising a parade and flypast at Hindon Air Force Base (Ghaziabad) along with events at IAF establishments across the country.
    • This year, the Tejas LCA, Mig-29 and 21 and Sukhoi-30 along with newly inducted Rafale jets will be on show.
    • It will also have helicopters like Chinook, Apache, etc.

Source: IE

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