Indian Air Force Day is celebrated on October 8th every year. This important holiday commemorates the official formation of the Indian Air Force (IAF) in 1932 by the British Empire. It also honors the pilots who have given their lives in service of the nation.
The IAF was established in 1932 by British India as an auxiliary air force for the British Empire to gain control of the colonies. During World War II, the aviation squadron, consisting of local pilots, participated in the fighting on the British side in Burma. After the proclamation of the Republic of India in 1947, the word “Royal” was dropped from the name of the Air Force. The IAF also played a major role in the three wars against Pakistan from 1947 to 1971, where many pilots gave their lives in service.
3 things you didn’t know about the Indian Air Force:
- It is the fourth largest in the world after the American, Russian and Chinese.
- India has created its own 5th generation Tejas fighter, with 16 aircraft already built.
- Its motto is “Touch the Sky with Glory”.
How to take part
The main event of the holiday is the parade and demonstration of flights at Hindon Air Force Base near Delhi. Air Warriors are awarded various awards and medals of honor in accordance with their achievements in the previous year and a wreath-laying ceremony pays tribute to all the brave Air Force pilots who gave their lives in the service of the nation. The air parade features various tricks performed in the air by the crews and spectators are allowed to go to the parade ground, where there are many demonstration aircraft. In the evening, a “Social Evening” is organized to which dignitaries from the civil administration and the armed forces, as well as veterans of the Air Force, are invited. Events also take place at air bases across the country.
When is Indian Air Force Day celebrated in 2023?
Indian Air Force Day is observed on October 8 each year.