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Air Force Day 2018: Celebrating India’s Brave Air Warriors

Air Force Day 2018: Celebrating India’s Brave Air Warriors
Representational image. (Source- Twitter account of Indian Air Force)

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Air Force Day 2018: Celebrating India’s Brave Air Warriors

One of the highlights was the display of a restored vintage Dakota DC-3 aircraft.

Air Force Day 2018 was celebrated on Monday to mark the 86th anniversary of the Indian Air Force.

The force had come into existence on this day in 1932 with a small group of 25 personnel. Over the decades, it has grown into a vital armed forces wing that not only protects the country’s borders but also renders in valuable service at times of natural disasters.

The Indian Air Force displayed its mainstream fighter jets in a grand parade-cum-investiture ceremony at the Air Force Station Hindan in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.

The Akash Ganga team commenced the parade with flag-bearing sky divers dropping out of AN-32 aircraft in their colourful canopies.

One of the highlights was the display of a vintage Dakota DC-3 aircraft that was recently restored and gifted to the Indian Air Force. The aircraft called ‘Parashurama’ has the same Tail Number, VP-905, as the one for the first Dakota aircraft used to ferry troops from the Army’s 1 Sikh Regiment to Srinagar on 27 October 1947 for operations in the first Indo-Pak War.

The aircraft served the Indian Air Force for more than 40 years. Other jets like the Harvard vintage jet and Tiger Moth were also part of the grand celebration.

Various aircraft,weapons, and radar and missiles systems of the Indian Air Force were displayed after the parade. The air show included Bison, MiG, Jaguar, Rudra helicopters, Mirage-2000 and SU-30 MKI fighter jets.

Indian cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar, who is a Group Captain of the Indian Air Force, was among those who attended the ceremony.

IAF also conducted a mega quiz to mark the special day.

Indian Air Force Day

8 October is observed as the Indian Air Force Day as it officially came into being on this day in 193 as the Royal Indian Air Force.  Air Force Day 2018 marked the 86th anniversary of the IAF.

The Indian Air Force Act (No.XIV of 1932) was passed by the Indian Legislature and  received the assent of the Governor General on 8 Apr 1932. It was published by the Gazette of India No. 41 at Shimla on 8 October the same year.

The name was changed to Indian Air Force in 1950.

Some of the important operations carried out by the Indian Air Force are Operation Meghdoot, Operation Vijay – the invasion of Goa, Operation Cactus and Operation Poomalai. After attaining Independence, the India Air Force has been engaged in the four wars with the Pakistan and one with People’s Republic of China.

The President of India holds the rank of Supreme Commander of the IAF.

(ReadIndian Air Force: The Defenders Of The Country’s Skies)

Air Force Day 2018- Wishes Pour In

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind took to Twitter to appreciate the efforts of the guardians of skies.

Government news agencies like PIB, Doordarshan and All India Radio also tweeted about the Indian Air Force’s achievements.

Other organisations and politicians also wished and congratulated the IAF.

Air Force Day Celebrations in 2017

Last year, Indian Air Force Day had unveiled the first indigenous fifth-generation fighter plane, the LCA Tejas.

The celebrations in 2017 began with a customary parade at Air Base Hindon. Air Chief Marshal inspected the parade and the Guard of Honour presented to him.

The Akash Ganga Team members displayed the Chakra Formation Flypast during Parade by 3 Mi-35 Helicopters.

There was a musical band presentation by the Air Force Band and the air show showcasing various aircrafts, Embraer ERJ with DRDO developed AEWACS radar system, SU-30 Planes and ‘Dolphin Leap’ by Sarang Helicopters.

The SuryaKiran Team also displayed Air flying show with HAWK Trainer jet planes.

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