The Indian Air Force (IAF) is the fourth largest air force in the world after the US, China, and Russia. Indian Air Force Day is observed on October 8 and this year marks its 89th anniversary. IAF will hold a parade at the Hindon airbase in Ghaziabad where it showcases its air power.
It is known that the Indian Air Force has been a fundamental and crucial part of the defence system of the nation along with the Indian Navy and Army. The IAF’s first flight came into being on 1st April 1933. The first time IAF came into brave action was during the Waziristan war against the tribal. Later IAF got expanded tremendously during the Second World War. IAF has proved to be a great defence force during the war especially in Burma. Its anonymous contribution and achievement made the IAF win the prefix of Royal in 1945 and hence came to be known as the Royal Indian Air Force (RIAF).
Some Facts about India Air Force :
- The Indian Air Force functions with the motto ‘Nabham Sparsham Deeptham” which is “Touch the Sky with Glory”.
- The Indian Government, in January 2002, granted the rank of Marshal of the Air Force to Arjan Singh, thus making him the first and the only Five-star officer with the Indian Air Force and ceremonial chief of the air force.
- The Supreme Command of the Indian Armed Forces vests in the President. The responsibility for national defence rests with the Cabinet.
- The Indian Air Force employs over 1,400 aircraft and around 170,000 personnel.
Indian Air Force Day Celebration :
This day is celebrated with the same zeal and pride at various Air Stations all over the country. All Air Force stations in several states will conduct their parades at their respective Airbases. Even the military parade will be conducted as per the same schedule and the protocol that is followed each year.
The Supreme Commander of the IAF is the National Commander of the air force also contributes in many forms. In the last few years, the Indian Air Force has been expanding immensely and has initiated the bringing up of women into the short service commissions.