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Indian Air Force Day | Amewoo


Indian Air Force Day is celebrated on 8th October every year across India

The celebration of this day began in the year 1932 to spread awareness regarding the Indian air force and also to let people know the achievements and the activities done by the air force team. The main aim of the Indian air force (IAF) is to secure the Indian Airspace from attacks and carry out strategic, tactical missions and aerial warfare during the wars and also provide support to the naval and land army. This day is celebrated in all the air force bases all over India with different air shows and parades. Our Indian air force is also known as “Bhartiya Vayu Sena”.


The air force is not just about pilots and fighter jets, but also requires important and significant support from other personnel to function perfectly. Some of the departments it includes are logistics, security, intelligence, cyberspace support, maintenance, weapons loaders, special teams for rescue operations and many other specialities. The total defence system in India is divided into Indian Navy, Army and Indian Air force of which IAF plays an important and fundamental role. The headquarters of IAF is situated in New Delhi.


Under the rule of the British government, the Indian Air force was established on October 8, 1932, as a supporting air force of the Royal Air force with specific uniforms and badges. On 1 April 1933, the first battalion was formed at Drigh Road in Karachi which consisted of 6 Indian officers with 2 biplanes who worked under British Flight Lieutenant. On this day, the first flight was formed by IAF. IAF played a major role in the Second World War against Japan and its first airstrike was on Japanese military base in Arakan. By June 1938, the battalion allegedly got expanded with 16 officers and 662 airmen and this was the sole formation by World War II. IAF continued to grow its battalions to 7 in 1943 and 9 in 1945. By the end of the Second World War, the RIAF tremendously increased to 28500. The IAF got the prefix as “Royal” for its unsung contribution during the war in Burma. In 1947, after getting Independence IAF was called as Royal Indian Air Force (RIAF) and some of the battalions got transferred to Royal Pakistan Air Force as Pakistan got separated from India.

In 1950, as India became a republic, the name was changed from RIAF to IAF. In 1960, India played a crucial role in contributing to UN peace operations and IAF has sent its aircraft to control the war in Belgium. In 1962, China propelled an unexpected attack on Indian military ground positions in the states of Arunachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. IAF played a major role in counter-attacking and controlling the China military. In the year 1971, first air combat took place between PAF and IAF.IAF also played a major role in providing support to the Indian Army in the Kargil War which took place in 1999 between India and Pakistan. The strike was named as “Operation Safed Sagar'' to remove the Pakistani troops from entering into India. IAF deployed it Radars and fighter jets to check the movements of the Pakistani military across the border. 

Present IAF team:

Indian Air Force stands in fourth place with approximately 1.7 Lakh personals 1400 aircraft after US, Russia and Israel. As of 1 July 2017, the Indian Air Force has 12,550 officers and 142,529 airmen. The responsibility of IAF is not only to secure the Indian Territory but also to give support to the nation during natural calamities. The IAF has been involved in many wars - World War II, Sino-Indian War, Operation Cactus, Operation Vijay, Kargil War, Indo-Pakistan War, Congo Crisis, Operation Poomalai and other peacekeeping missions. At present, there are 5 operational commands and 2 functional commands for maintenance and training. Each command is led by an Air Officer Commander-in-Chief. There are about 60 air bases all over the country of which Western Air Command at Delhi is the largest with 16 airbases. Eastern Air Command located at Shillong has 15 air bases, Central Air Command at Prayagraj has 7 airbases. Southern and South West Air Commands at Trivandrum and Gandhinagar have 9 and 12 air bases respectively.

Facts about IAF:

The IAF flag was adopted in the year 1951. It is blue in colour with the National Flag in the first quadrant and a roundel consisting of National flag colours.

IAF crests are the symbols of encouragement and inspiration for the soldiers and they have been used for recognizing the soldiers for their work towards the nation. The crest has great historical and sentimental value and is approved by the President of India.

The motto of IFA is “Nabha Sparsham Deeptham” which means “Touch the Sky with Glory” is taken from the eleventh chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. The way Lord Krishna demonstrates his divine form to Arjuna, in a similar way, the Indian Air Force aims to overcome opponents with aerospace power to defend the nation.

IAF has its own museum in New Delhi. It has a rich assortment of memorabilia of Indian Military Aviation and also regarding the historical backdrop of the Indian Air Force.

IAF also encourages women to empowerment. Padmavathy Bandopadhyay is the first woman Air Marshal of the Indian Air Force and also the first woman officer to become a specialist in aviation medicine.

The special unit called “Garud Commando Force” was started in the year 2004 which has the longest training course of all the Indian Special Forces. This team is known for its skills and rescue operations.

India’s first and the only military air base outside India is located in Farkhor near Tajikistan.

In 2003, IAF set a world record by performing the highest landing of C-130J Super Hercules military transport aircraft at Daulat Beg Oldi military base in Ladakh at a height of 16614 feet.

Indian Air Force Day Celebrations:

This day is celebrated with great enthusiasm and pride in many places all over the country. Parades are conducted by the Air Force stations in several states at the Airbases. Along with that, a military parade is also conducted. The main ceremony takes place at Hindon Air station, near Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh every year in the presence of all the Chiefs and Senior Officials of the three Indian armed forces. The Supreme Commander of the IAF, President addresses the gathering and is followed by speeches of a few other higher officials. Later the program starts with the traditional parades and air canopies with Indian flag colours. Different kinds of formations are performed in the air (air shows) by the fighter jets and different types of vintage and modern fighter jets and helicopters which are used by IAF teams are displayed. The Air Force Drill team displays their skills during the parade. Sometimes, there will be launching of new fighter jets or helicopters on this occasion. The chiefs of the Indian Army Forces pay tributes to the warriors who lost their lives in saving the nation. They are honoured with medals and prestigious awards as a tribute to their spirit on this day. In the last few years, the Indian Air Force has been expanding immensely in terms of manpower and also technology. They also have initiated in raising the women into the services. In 2019, IAF successfully celebrated its 87th IAF day with Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman leading a MIG formation during flypast in Ghaziabad.

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