New Delhi: The Indian Air Force (IAF) in its 89. inspectingth Raising Day at the Hindon Air Force Station in Ghaziabad, attended by the Chief of the Air Staff and senior officers of the three armed forces. The occasion is being observed as the ‘Golden Victory Year’, where the Indian Air Force will celebrate the victory of the 1971 war.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the air warriors and praised their valor. “Greetings to our air warriors and their families on Air Force Day. The Indian Air Force is synonymous with courage, diligence and professionalism. He has distinguished himself through protecting the country in times of challenges and through humanitarian spirit,” Modi tweeted.
Meanwhile, IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal VR Choudhary inspected the Air Force Day Parade on the 89th Raising Day at Hindon Airbase.
History of Indian Air Force Day
Established on October 8, 1932, the Indian Air Force was formed to support the United Kingdom, the Royal Air Force. Initially known as the Royal Indian Air Force, the prefix Royal was dropped in 1950 when India was transformed into a republic.
IAF is the air arm of the Indian Armed Forces and the fourth largest air force in the world. It is headed by an Air Chief Marshal (ACM), while the President of India remains the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.
What will IAF 2021 show?
The 2021 IAF Day parade will pay tribute to the heroes of the 1971 war, which defeated Pakistan and created Bangladesh. As per ANI sources in the force, “We will be depicting the famous Tangail airdrop operation with three paratroopers, including one from the Army, leaping from an old Dakota transport aircraft.”
There will also be a destruction formation, which will demonstrate victory at the Battle of Longewala. Six Hunter aircraft will carry out this formation.
The Indian Air Force will also honor its only Param Vir Chakra awardee Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon with the Sekhon Formation. One aircraft each – Rafale, Tejas, Jaguar, MiG-29 and Mirage 2000 – will be seen simultaneously taking off on the marchpast.
The event will also see the maneuvering of Mi-17 and Chinook helicopters showcasing the Meghna Formation.
Three units of the Indian Air Force (IAF) will receive the coveted Chief of Air Staff Unit Citation. The Air Force of the Indian Armed Forces said the citation will be for participation in an aerial duel with Pakistan in February 2019 and for operations in Ladakh in response to China’s aggression in that area.