The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Friday marks its raising day. This day is observed annually on October 8 as IAF Day.
And 2021 marks 89 years since the IAF’s foundation. Also, celebrations will take place at the Hindon Air Force Station in Ghaziabad. Chief of Air Staff and senior officials of the three armed forces will be present there.
The Indian Air Force was established on October 8, 1932. It came as a supporting force of the UK’s Royal Air Force.
Earlier, it was known as the Royal Indian Air Force. But then this prefix Royal was dropped in 1950 when India became a Republic.
The IAF is the air wing of the Indian Armed Forces; it is the fourth largest air force in the world.
Headed by an Air Chief Marshal (ACM), the President of India is the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces.
The IAF Day parade today will pay tribute to the heroes of the 1971 war. This was the day when India saw defeat Pakistan and Bangladesh came into being.
Also, there will be a Vinaash formation. It will showcase the victory in the Battle of Longewala. Six Hunter aircraft will carry out this formation.
Moreover, the IAF will honour its only Param Vir Chakra awardee, Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon, with a Sekhon formation.
It would have one aircraft each–Rafale, Tejas, Jaguar, MiG-29 and Mirage 2000–flying over the marchpast together.
Not only this, Mi-17 and Chinook helicopters will perform the Meghna formation.
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