Indian Air Force Day is celebrated on October 8th. The main event of the holiday is the parade and demonstration of flights at Hindon Air Force Base. Events at Air Force institutions are also taking place at air bases across the country. This is a bright holiday not to be missed!
The Indian Air Force or IAF was officially established on 8 October 1932 by British India as an auxiliary air force of the British Empire to help Britain gain control of the colonies. The aviation squadron, which consisted entirely of local pilots, during the Second World War participated in the fighting on the British side in Burma. After the proclamation of the Republic of India, the word “Royal” was dropped from the name of the Air Force. During the three wars with Pakistan from 1947 to 1971, the Indian Air Force showed courage, losing many pilots.
3 things you didn’t know about:
- The Indian Air Force is the fourth largest in the world after the American, Russian and Chinese.
- India has created its own 5th generation Tejas fighter. Already built 16 aircraft.
- The motto of the Indian Air Force is fascinating. It sounds like this: “touch the sky with glory.”
How to celebrate
Airshows and other events take place at Hindon Air Base, near Delhi. The wreath-laying ceremony pays tribute to all the brave Air Force pilots who gave their lives in the service of the nation. Air Warriors are awarded various awards and medals of honor in accordance with their achievements in the previous year.
At the air parade, crews perform various tricks in the air. Spectators are allowed to go to the parade ground, where there are many demonstration aircraft. In the evening, a celebration is organized, “Social Evening”, to which dignitaries from the civil administration and the armed forces, as well as veterans of the Air Force, are invited.
When is Indian Air Force Day celebrated in 2022?
Indian Air Force Day is observed on October 8 each year.