Indian Air Force Day 2021: history, significance and interesting facts

Indian Air Force Day 2021: history, significance

Friday 8 October celebrates Indian Air Force Day 89th anniversary

 India celebrates Indian Air Force Day every year on 8 October, because on this day, the Air Force in India was officially raised in 1932 as an auxiliary force of the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom.

Indian Air Force Day 2021:  history, significance

Indian Air Force Day 2021:  history, significance

Every year, Indian Air Force Day is celebrated. At Hindon Air Force Station, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. The ceremony is marked in the presence of the Indian Air Force Chief and senior officers of the three armed forces.

On this day the most important and oldest aircraft put on a spectacular display which is displayed in the open sky.

History of Indian Air Force Day

Also known as the 'Indian Air Force', the Indian Air Force was established in the country by the British Empire on October 8, 1932. The first operational squadron came into existence in April 1933. However, it was only after participating in the Second World War, that the Air Force in India came to be known as the Royal Indian Air Force.

The Air Force in India was officially established in 1932 as an auxiliary force of the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom. Since then every year this day was celebrated as Indian Air Force Day.


Indian Air Force Day 2021: Significance and Significance

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is an important part of the Air Force and the Indian Armed Forces that plays an important role in the wars fought by the country. Its primary mission is to secure Indian airspace and conduct aerial activities during armed conflicts within nations.


The Indian Air Force has participated in several wars since independence, including four wars with Pakistan and one with the People's Republic of China.


Some interesting facts about Indian Air Force (IAF)

As India celebrates Indian Air Force Day 2021, we bring you some interesting, lesser known facts about the IAF.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has been ranked as the fourth largest operational air force in the world. Only America, China and Russia are ahead of India.

The motto of the Indian Air Force is 'Nabham Sparsh Deeptham', which literally means 'Touch the sky with glory'. Interestingly, the IAF has taken its motto from the eleventh chapter of the Bhagavad Gita.

The Indian Air Force employs more than 1,400 aircraft and approximately 170,000 personnel.

Hindon Air Force Station located in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh is the largest airbase in the whole of Asia. It is also the 8th largest in the world.

The IAF has always participated in relief operations during natural calamities in the country, including cyclone Gujarat (1998), Tsunami (2004) and floods in North India. However, the IAF created a world record by rescuing stranded civilians during the Uttarakhand floods. The mission was named 'Rahat', during which the Indian Air Force rescued around 20,000 people.

- IAF has been an important part of various operations like Operation Poomalai, Operation Vijay, Operation Meghdoot and much more.

The IAF also works in peacekeeping missions with the United Nations.

The IAF comprises a large number of women fighter pilots, women navigators and women officers who render their services to the Indian Air Force. Even the Rafale fleet of the Indian Air Force has a woman fighter pilot.

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