The Indian Air Force on Sunday is proudly celebrating its 86th anniversary or Raising Day. The Indian Air Force, also known as Bharatiya Vayu Sena is the air arm of the Indian Armed Forces. Its key role is to keep the Indian aerospace resistant to attacks and manage the aerial warfare during the conflict.
October 8 is celebrated as Air Force Day in India. It commemorates the anniversary of the official foundation of the Indian Air Force in 1932. Keep scrolling to read a brief history and some facts that you must as an Indian.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF INDIAN AIR FORCE
The Indian Air Force was officially established on 8 October 1932 as an auxiliary air force of the British Empire which honored India’s aviation service during World War II with the prefix Royal. After India gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1947, the name Royal Indian Air Force was kept and served in the name of Dominion of India. With the government’s transition to a Republic in 1950, the prefix Royal was removed after only three years.
On 1 April 1933, the IAF commissioned its first squadron, designated as the No.1 Squadron. The Squadron’s manpower comprised off six RAF-trained officers and 19 Havai Sepoys (literally, air soldiers). The aircraft inventory comprised of four Westland Wapiti IIA army co-operation biplanes at Drigh Road as the “A” Flight nucleus of the planned No.1 (Army Co- operation) Squadron.
IAF’s Operational Engagement
Since 1950, the IAF has actively taken part in four wars with neighboring Pakistan and one with the People’s Republic of China. Other major operations undertaken by the IAF include Operation Vijay, Operation Meghdoot, Operation Cactus and Operation Poomalai. The IAF’s role expands beyond engagement with hostile forces, with it contributing significantly to the United Nations peacekeeping missions.
IAF’s Relief and Rescue Operations
The Air Force also renders relief and rescue operations to the citizens of the country in times of natural disasters and calamities. The IAF provided extensive assistance to relief operations during natural calamities such as the Gujarat cyclone in 1998 and the Tsunami in 2004. The IAF also provides assistance to other countries during relief activities such as Operation Rainbow in Sri Lanka.
Some Facts about India Air Force
* Indian Air Force ranks as the fourth best operational airforce in the world.
* Hindustan Aeronautics Limited that was formed in 1948 is currently the largest defense firm in public sector.
* The Indian Air Force functions with the motto “Touching the Sky with Glory”.
* The Indian Government, in January 2002, granted the rank of Marshal of the Air Force to Arjan Singh, thus making him the first and the only Five-star officer with the Indian Air Force and ceremonial chief of the air force.
* Indian Air Force is categorized into five operational and two functional commands.
* In 2010, the Air Force Network (AFNET), a robust digital information grid that enabled quick and meticulous threat responses, was launched.
* The Indian Air Force has the strength of about 170,000 personnel and more than 1,400 aircraft and considered as one of the leading air forces of world.
* The India Air Force has been engaged in the four wars with the Pakistan and one with People’s Republic of China after its independence.
* The operations carried out by it are Operation Meghdoot, Operation Vijay – the invasion of Goa, Operation Cactus and Operation Poomalai.
* It has also been involved in the United Nations peacekeeping missions.
* The President of the country serves to the India Air Force as a Commander-in-Chief.
Indian Air Force ‘s valour, dedication,selfless service and sacrifices will always remain source of pride & inspiration for the entire nation. Jai Hind!
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