86th Air force day: 5 Reasons Why The Indian Air Force Gives The Nation a High

The Indian Air Force (IAF) celebrates its 86th anniversary today
The Indian Air Force (IAF) celebrates its 86th anniversary today

The Indian Air Force (IAF) celebrates its 86th anniversary today, highlighting the “untiring efforts and supreme sacrifices” made by its personnel, the Defence Ministry said.

“In keeping with the tradition, the IAF will hold a grand parade-cum-investiture ceremony at the Air Force Station at Hindon (Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh). Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, Chief of the Air Staff, will review the parade,” it said in a statement.

The parade will be followed by an air display and acrobatics by the Air Force’s various aircraft, including Jaguar, Bison, MiG-29, Mirage-2000 and SU-30 MKI fighter jets and Rudra helicopters.

“After the parade, all visitors will also get an opportunity to witness static display of aircraft, weapon, radar and missiles systems of the Indian Air Force,” the Ministry added.

The Indian Air Force came into force in 1932 as the Royal Indian Air Force under then British rule. The name was changed to Indian Air Force in 1950.

The IAF has technologically evolved and grown in strength over these years to thwart any threat to the nation.

Operation Rahat

The rescue operation was carried out by the Indian Air Force to evacuate civilians affected by the floods in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh in 2013. It was the biggest civilian rescue operation in the world carried out by any Air Force using helicopters. During the operation, the IAF airlifted a total of 19,600 people – flying a total of 2,140 sorties and dropping/landing a total of 3, 82,400 kg of relief material and equipment. The IAF repeated their heroics during the recent J&K floods, saving many lives again.

Woman power

Padmavathy Bandopadhyay was the first woman Air Marshal of the Indian Air  Force. She had the distinction of being the first woman officer to become an aviation medicine specialist, the first Indian woman to have conducted scientific research at the North Pole and the distinction of being the first woman officer of the Indian Air Force to be promoted to the rank of Air Vice Marshal. She was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal for her meritorious service during the 1971 Indo-Pak conflict. A tough lady indeed.

War time hero

In every major war that India has fought the Air Force has played a crucial role. In the Kargil War, the IAF showed their superb adaptation capabilities in the face of unique operational challenges, which included enemy positions at elevations of 14,000 to 18,000 feet, a visually confusing backdrop of rocks and snow and a restriction against crossing the Line of Control that forms the border with Pakistan.

In World War II, the IAF played a crucial role by stopping the Japanese army in Burma, and carrying out air strikes against Japan in Thailand.

In the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971, the IAF not only provided assistance to the Army and Navy, but established complete air superiority over the Pakistani forces.

Visual delight

IAF Jets at Republic Day Parade

Remember the best part about our annual Republic Day parades? Yes, the ending which has stunning fighter jets painting the sky in patriotic colours. The entire spectacle is carried out by IAF’s aerobatics demonstration team Surya Kiran, which represents India at international Aerospace Shows too.

 Fire power

The Sukhoi Su-30MKI, IAF’s frontline fighter jet, stands amongst the most elite and sophisticated fighter jets like the Eurofighter Typhoon, Dassault Rafale and USAF’s F-Series of fighters.



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