Indians proudly celebrate October 8 as the day to pay tribute to the air warriors of the Indian Air Force (IAF) who tirelessly defend the nation by securing the Indian airspace and conducting rescue operations during natural calamities. The President of India is the Commander-in-chief of the IAF.
History Of The Day
The Indian Air Force was officially established on October 8, 1932, as an auxiliary air force of the British Empire which honored India’s aviation service during World War II with the prefix Royal. Its first aircraft came into being on April 1, 1933, with six RAF-trained officers and 19 Havai Sepoys. The day aims to pay a tribute to the Air Force of India and acknowledge their contribution to a successful nation. The Air Force was officially raised as the supporting force of the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom in 1932 and the first operational squadron was created in 1933.
Significance Of The Day
The day aims to pay a tribute to the Air Force of India and acknowledge their contribution to a successful nation. Since 1950, the IAF has been involved in four wars with neighboring Pakistan.
From the Congo Crisis (1960-1966), the Annexation of Goa (1961), the Second Kashmir War (1965), the Bangladesh Liberation War (1971) to the Kargil War (1999), and the Balakot airstrike and the India-Pakistan standoff of 2019- the world has witnessed the saga of IAF’s unflinching valor for several times.
Celebrations Of The Day
The IAF will celebrate the day with air shows that display the prowess of its IAF pilots and IAF jets. The main celebration will happen at Chandigarh Air Force Station. This is a first for the IAF, since last year, the event took place in the National Capital Region (NCR). Air shows will be conducted, including flybys. Passes will be distributed for the air show at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh.
Tributes to the legendary air warrior
On 7 October, the Indian Air Force paid glowing tributes to the legendary air warrior late Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh on his 103rd birth anniversary. “On this day, we recall the contribution made by the Marshal to the nation and Indian Air Force,” the IAF said. The only officer to attain the highest post of Marshal of the Air Force equivalent to the Army’s five-star field marshal, Singh was a fearless and exceptional pilot who had flown more than 60 different types of aircraft.
An icon of India’s military history, he had successfully led a young IAF during the 1965 Indo-Pak war. The only officer to attain the highest post of Marshal of the Air Force equivalent to the Army’s five-star field marshal, Singh was a fearless and exceptional pilot who had flown more than 60 different types of aircraft.