With the Indian Air Force celebrating its 84th anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday saluted the Air Force personnel and their families, thanking them for protecting the nations’ skies. The air force anniversary celebrations began at the Hindon air base in Ghaziabad with a large parade and an air display.
The air display commenced with flag bearing sky divers of famous ‘Akash Ganga’ team dropping out of AN-32 aircraft in their colourful canopies. The flypast included the vintage aircraft, modern transport aircraft and frontline fighter aircraft. It also included the most acclaimed and famous ‘sarang’ formations.
President Pranab Mukherjee also greeted the Indian Air Force on its anniversary and said in a message that the nation is proud of the capabilities and competency of the IAF as over the last eight decades, it has emerged as an immensely professional and combat-ready force.
He further said that the IAF has achieved distinction in defending India’s skies and delivering vital humanitarian aid and disaster relief.
About Indian Air Force Day
The Indian Air Force is the air arm of the Indian armed forces. It is the world’s fourth largest air force. It was officially established on 8th of October in the year 1932 as an auxiliary air force of the British Indian Empire and was known as the Royal Indian Air Force then.
The day is since celebrated as the Indian Air Force Day to highlight the contribution of the Indian Air Force in maintaining security of both India and its airspace.