- Founded on – 8th October 1932
- Headquarter – New Delhi
- Motto – Touch the sky with Glory
- Part of – Indian Armed Force
Indian Air Force is also known as “Bharatiya Vayu Sena” and is the air arm of the Indian Armed forces.
8th October 1932 was the establishment day for Indian Air Force and hence they celebrate their anniversary every year on the same day.
The day is celebrated in air force bases all across the nation with air shows & parades conducted by air force cadets, as the Indian Air Force (IAF) has its prime responsibility of securing the Indian air space as well as carrying out the aerial warfare during any clash.
The Indian Air Force Day motto is ‘Nabha Sparsham Deeptham’ which was taken from the Bhagavad Gita. The English translation of the motto is “Touch the Sky with Glory”.
The Indian president is the commander-in-chief of the air force. IAF showcases air displays by various air crafts during the air force day parade.
Know the History of Air Force Day?
The IAF was established by the British Empire on 8th October 1932. The Indian air force was named ‘Royal Indian Air Force’ after our Independence in 1947. However, Royal was removed when Indian turned republic in 1950.
The rank of Marshal of the Air Force has been conferred by the president of India on one occasion in history, to Arjun Singh.
On 26th January 2002, Singh became the 1st and so far, the only five-star rank officer of the IAF.
Indian Air Force ranks as the Fourth-best operational air force in the world after USA, Russia and China.
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) was formed in 1948 is currently the largest defense firm in the public sector.
Our Indian air force has been engaged in the 4 wars with Pakistan and one with the people’s republic of china after its independence.
IAF has played important roles in UN operations worldwide. After the war with Pakistan in 1971, the IAF received the “Param Vir Chakra” which is the highest award for gallantry in India.
Themes for Indian Air Force Day
Indian air force day 2019 theme was “Know Your Air Force”. It had variety in its display of majestic commando forces ‘Garud’, ambassadors, IAF helicopters, sky diving teams, special operations team, missile systems, combat units and radar structures.
The theme for the year 2020 is “The untiring efforts and supreme sacrifices of its personnel” given by our Indian Defence Ministry.
The Indian Air Force celebrated its 86th anniversary on 8th October Sunday, 2020 by praising its personnel’s “untiring efforts and supreme sacrifices,” according to the Defence Ministry.
The theme of Indian Air Force Day 2021 is not decided yet.
Types of Aircraft used in Indian Air Force
Our Indian air force has a strength of about 180,000 personnel and more than 1600 aircraft and is considered as one of the leading air forces of the world. Talking about the types of aircraft, it is mainly of three types. That is,
- Fighter Aircraft
- Transport Aircraft
1. Fighter Aircraft
Till now IAF has the best fighter aircraft in their base, which is SU-30 MKI. It was taken from Russia and it is the new generation aircraft of version 4.5.
2nd most powerful aircraft is the MiRAGE-200U and it is used in Balakot airstrike. Means it is that aircraft which was used recently to take the revenge of the Pulwama attack by India.
The other best fighter aircraft is the Dassault Rafale which is also the new model of fighter jet bought from Russia in the year of 2019 and IAF will make their first public appearance on 8 October by flying over New Delhi as part of a fly-past on IAF day.
2. Transport Aircraft
This type of aircraft is not made for fight/attack. They are made for transportation purposes like to transport the army equipment and many other things also.
These aircraft are quite larger in size as compared to the fighter aircraft. Because of this, they can able to store large equipment and they have that power to carry big fighter vehicle from one place to another easily.
Some examples of transport aircraft are C-130J, C-17, IL-76, AN-32 & EMBRAER.
Yes, of course, we must have seen the army helicopters in movies or in real life. So, these are also the part of the Indian Air Force. In India, IAF basically uses two types of helicopters. That is,
- Attack or Ladaku Helicopters
Yes, these attack helicopters are uses for the attack purpose like in the war. Some examples of Attack helicopters are MI-25, MI-35, RUDRA, APACHE etc.
- Transport Helicopters
The transport helicopters are comparatively big in size and are uses for transportation purposes. Some examples of transport helicopters are CHETAK, CHEETAK & CHINOOK which is recently purchased from Russia
Quotes for IAF Day 2020
Some Important Information & Summary of the IAF Day
A nation depends and protects itself by virtue of three military forces, the Army, Navy & Air Force.
So, we can easily call as Air Force is also an irreplaceable and one of the most important parts of any countries armed forces.
In this year India celebrates the 88th Indian Airforce day. This day is celebrated with the same zeal & pride at various air stations all over the country. Air force stations in several states will conduct their parades at their respective air bases.
It is mainly observed to build the familiarity with Indian aviation based armed forces in any association of the national security both authoritatively and freely.
So, this is some of the important information regarding the Indian Air Force Day that you should know about.
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By this many people who are not conscious of this day can able to know about it and know about its importance to our Nation’s Security.
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FAQs on Indian Air Force Day
1. Who is the current Chief of the Air Staff of our Indian Air Force?
Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria PVSM AVSM VM ADC was appointed as the Chief of the Air Staff on 30 September 2019 and is the current Indian Air Force Chief.
2. How can I join Indian Air Force after 12th?
All the scholars, who have passed the exam of class 12th, may join the National Defence Academy (NDA) by passing the written exam and SSB interview. Once the training is completed, the candidates join the IAF. The exam for NDA is conducted by the UPSC twice a year.
3. What is the age limit to get into Indian Air Force after 12th?
It is also an important question that many of you are looking for. The age of candidates who are applying for the examination should be between 17-19 years at the time of filling the application form.
4. What is the minimum age required to watch Indian Air Force Day parade?
This is such an interesting question that I ever heard. In my opinion, there is no such age limit to watch the Indian Air Force Day Parade.
But still, if a boy/girl is above the class of 6th, it can able to know about it and can know its importance in Indian Armed Forces.
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