On the eve of the 87th Air Force Day, Air Marshal (Retd) Nirdosh Tyagi in conversation with Republic TV expressed his delight on seeing the strength of the Indian Air Force increasing with modernisation and enhancement of capabilities.
“It means a lot to me as I have served the Air Force for 40 years, very proud of it. Air Force Day is something very special to all of us. Today the force stands modernized, the capabilities have enhanced, so when you get a glimpse of it, you feel very proud and very happy that the things are moving in the right direction,” said the Retired Air Marshal.
In conversation with Republic TV, Major General GD Bakshi has also opined that the 87th Air Force Day holds special significance as the Air Force has gone into action after the long hiatus.
He added, “After the 1971 war, our aircraft have flown into enemy airspace and knocked the daylights out of the terrorist training camps at Balakot.” He declared that the AirPower is ‘Sine qua non’ of victory and without airpower, nothing can happen either in the sea or on the ground. “We need to dominate the skies and our Air Force has been doing just that", he proclaimed.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also saluted the personnel of the Indian Air Force (IAF) on the auspicious occasion. The IAF was founded on October 8, 1932. As a result, this day is celebrated as the Air Force Day in India every year. PM Modi took to the microblogging website Twitter to recall the IAF’s amazing display on the Republic Day. In a video message, the Prime Minister said that the ‘Flypast’ was one of the most awaited moments in which the Air Force exhibited miraculous display of force and strength. The Prime Minister called the Indian Air Force as one of the strongest and bravest Forces in the 21st century and went on to highlight the crucial role played by the IAF in several conflicts including 1947, 1965, 1971 and 1999. The IAF’s contribution to relief during disasters was also commended by the PM, “Greeting to the air warriors and their families from the bottom of my heart,” PM Modi said at the end of his message.