Air Force Day 2021: History, Significance and why is it observed on October 8?

Happy Air Force Day 2021: Air Force Day is observed every year on October 8 as it was on this day in 1932 that the Indian Air Force was officially founded as a supporting force for the Royal Air Force of Britain. Read more about the top 5 things to know about Indian Air Force. 

Indian Air Force Day 2021
Indian Air Force Day 2021

Indian Air Force Day 2021: Air Force Day is observed annually in India on October 8 and honours the brave heroes of the country’s air force. Air Force Day is celebrated in India to raise awareness about the services of the Indian Air Force as an organization that works to strengthen the national authority and security. The Indian Air force since its establishment has participated in various missions and wars which also includes humanitarian aids and disaster relief missions.

Air Force Day 2021 brings to attention the sacrifices and hard work that contributes significantly to strengthening India’s air defence. To celebrate Indian Air Force Day, Air Force Parade is also organized on the day in the presence of the IAF Chief and various other senior officials. The event glorifies the service of the Indian Air Force officers through various ceremonies.

Dedicating Air Force Day to the warriors of the nation, Prime Minister Modi via a tweet extended his wishes. He wrote, Greetings to our air warriors and their families on Air Force Day. The Indian Air Force is synonymous with courage, diligence and professionalism. They have distinguished themselves in defending the country and through their humanitarian spirit in times of challenges.”

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Indian Air Force Day also saluted the brave air warriors for their selfless service to the nation and noted their unparalleled devotion and commitment.

On the 89th anniversary of the Indian Air Force, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh extended his warm wishes and greetings to air force personnel and their families.

Why Indian Air Force Day is celebrated on October 8?

Air Force Day is observed every year on October 8 as it was on this day in 1932 that the Indian Air Force was officially founded as a supporting force for the Royal Air Force of Britain.

Although the first operational squadron of the Indian Air Force came into being in the following year, October 8 was declared as the Air Force Day.

Indian Air Force was established as an auxiliary of the British Empire and the force was honoured for India’s aviation service during World War II with the prefix Royal.

Events on Indian Air Force Day 2021

The parade on Indian Air Force Day 2021 pays tribute to the heroes of the 1971 war. It also includes formations with call signs related to the people and places who were involved in the war in which India defeated Pakistan and led to the creation of Bangladesh.

On Indian Air Force Day 2021, three units of the Indian Air Force will also receive the prestigious Chief of Air Staff Unit citation. The citation will be given for their participation in the air duel on February 19 with Pakistan as well as the operations in Ladakh against China’s oppression.

Indian Air Force Day 2021: Top 5 things to know about IAF

1. The Indian Air Force is the 4th largest air force in the world and its Hindon Air Force station located in Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh is the largest one in Asia.

2. After India gained complete Independence from Britain in 1947, the name Royal Indian Force was kept. However, after India became a Republic in 1950, the prefix Royal was removed making it ‘Indian Air Force’.

3. Since 1950, the Indian Air Force has been involved in four wars with Pakistan and one with China.

4. The motto of the Indian Air Force is ‘Nabha Sparsham Deeptham’ meaning touch the sky with glory. The motto has been taken from the 11th chapter of Bhagavad Gita.

5. In the history of the Indian Air Force, the rank of ‘Marshal of the Air Force’ has been conferred by the President of India only on one occasion to Arjan Singh. On January 26, 2002, Arjan Singh had become the first and so far, only five state rank officer of the Indian Air Force.

 

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