This day, October 8 is celebrated as the Indian Air Force Day and marks the birth anniversary of India's one of the strongest armed forces. This year as IAF commemorates its 88th anniversary, warm wishes and tributes poured in for the brave warriors and their families who sacrifice their lives to safeguard the country. Indian Air Force Day 2020 ceremony took place at the Hindon Base in Ghaziabad.
#AFDay2020— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) October 5, 2020
A momentous journey of Eighty Eight Years. Indian Air Force is ever ready to INNOVATE , INTEGRATE & INTIMIDATE.
Promo video of IAF on the occasion of 88th Anniversary.
Jai Hind! pic.twitter.com/8hFIzCqpdb
On IAF Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Minister Amit Shah, Chief of Army Staff General MM Naravane, Indian Army along with many others conveyed best wishes to all officers of the Indian Air Force.
एयर फोर्स डे पर भारतीय वायुसेना के सभी वीर योद्धाओं को बहुत-बहुत बधाई। आप न सिर्फ देश के आसमान को सुरक्षित रखते हैं, बल्कि आपदा के समय मानवता की सेवा में भी अग्रणी भूमिका निभाते हैं। मां भारती की रक्षा के लिए आपका साहस, शौर्य और समर्पण हर किसी को प्रेरित करने वाला है।#AFDay2020 pic.twitter.com/0DYlI7zpe6— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 8, 2020
On Air Force Day, we proudly honour our air warriors, veterans, and families of the Indian Air Force. The nation remains indebted to the contribution of the IAF in securing our skies and assisting civil authorities in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief.— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) October 8, 2020
‘Touch the Sky with Glory’— ADG PI - INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) October 8, 2020
General MM Naravane #COAS and All Ranks of #IndianArmy convey best wishes on 88th #AirForceDay to All Ranks of #IndianAirForce. May glory and success always be with #IndianAirForce. pic.twitter.com/ShHfmbIqmU
Indian Air Force (IAF) was established on October 8, 1932, and its first ac flight came into being on April 1, 1933. Earlier the aviation-based force of India was called 'Royal Indian Air Force' because at that time India was ruled by the United Kingdom. Post-independence in 1950, with government's transition to a Republic, the prefix 'Royal' was removed and its name was changed to 'Indian Air Force'. Having started with only 6 officers and only 19 Hawai Sepoys in 1933, IAF now is the fourth largest air force in the world.
Indian Air Force is an air arm for all the armed forces of India and protects the Indian skyspace. During armed conflicts, it also conducts aerial warfare. Over the years, IAF has played an important role in many operations such as Operation Megdoot, operation Cactus, operation Vijay, Operation Poomalai, and many more. Apart from these, IAF has also been part of United Nation's peacekeeping missions. In India's war with China and Pakistan, IAF has played a major role.
(Image: IAF | Twitter)