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Indian Air Force Day

  • 08 Oct 2022
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Why in News?

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is celebrating 90th Air Force Day on 8th October.

What are the Key Highlights of the celebrations?

  • The primary event of the day is being observed at Chandigarh Air Force Station and consists of a parade and flyover.
  • LCH "Prachanda, Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, Sukhoi, Mig-29, Jaguar, Rafale, IL-76, C-130J, and Hawk have taken part in the fly-past.
  • Among helicopters, Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv, Chinook, Apache and Mi-17 will be part of the aerial display.

What is the Indian Air Force?

  • Background:
    • The Indian Air Force was established in 1932 during World War II to support the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom in its war against Japan.
      • To stop the Japanese army's progress into India, the IAF was utilised to target Japanese bases in Burma.
    • In 1945, King George VI bestowed the prefix "Royal" in recognition of the IAF's accomplishments. After India became a republic in 1950, this honorary title was abolished.
    • After the independence of the nation, it evolved into the Indian Air Force in 1950.
  • About:
    • President of India is the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces,
    • The fourth-largest air force in the world is the Indian Air Force.
    • Headquarters: New Delhi
    • Motto of India Air Force: Touch the sky with Glory.
      • It was taken from the eleventh chapter of the Bhagavad Gita.
    • The Chief of Air Staff, an air chief marshal is responsible for the operational command of the air force.

What are the most Significant Operations of the IAF?

Source: The Hindu

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