The IAF which was founded on October 8, 1932, is the air wing of the Indian Armed Forces. The force has so far participated in multiple wars and landmark missions. On the occasion of the Indian Air Force (IAF) celebrating its 87th IAF Day on October 8, 2019, the Air Force, in the presence of its new Air Chief Bhadauria who took office in September this year, will be seen demonstrating a fly-past with their aircraft. In the footage captured by Republic TV, the IAF can be seen giving a floral tribute at the war memorial to express indebtedness to their fallen air warriors. The air display commenced with flag-bearing skydivers of the famous Akash Ganga team dropping out of an AN-32 aircraft in their colourful canopies.
The IAF so far has been involved in four wars with Pakistan and one with China. Operation Vijay, Operation Meghdoot, Operation Cactus and Operation Poomalai are some of the major operations undertaken by the IAF. Mentioned below are some of the crucial points in history where the IAF has played a major role in protecting the country.
1. The IAF witnessed one of the first conflicts in history with the Congo crisis. After Belgium’s rule over Congo ended, the nation was immediately engulfed in widespread violence. The IAF activated a squadron which was equipped with English Electric Canberra to support the United Nations in Congo.
2. The Portuguese colony of Goa after years of disagreement with New Delhi and Lisbon witnessed the Indian Government conducting an attack, which eventually led to the capture of Goa and Daman and Diu.
3. The Bangladesh liberation war saw the zeal of the IAF where the forces were engaged in a war against Pakistan. This occurred after massive strikes were carried out by the PAF against the Indian Air Force installations in Srinagar, Ambala, Sirsa, Halwara and Jodhpur.
4. Operation Meghdoot: In 1984, India launched an attack to capture the Siachen region. With the eventual success of the operation, India gained full control of the Siachen Glacier.
5. Operation Safed Sagar: On May 11, 1999, the Indian Air Force provided close air support to the Indian Army in the ongoing conflict with the use of helicopters. The IAF by July 26 had successfully repelled the forces of Pakistan from Kargil.