Indian Air Force Day

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8 October is Indian Air Force day. Indian Air Force was raised on October 8, 1932, and it is completing 90 years 8 October, 2022.

Important facts

  • This time Air Force Day flypast was done over Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh.

  • Historically for the first time, the Air Force Day parades and fly-pasts have been taken out of the National Capital Region by the Indian Air Force.

  • President Draupadi Murmu and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh were present on this occasion.

  • This time 75 aircraft participated in the flypast, while 9 aircraft were put on standby mode.

  • The Light Combat Helicopter LCH which was recently inducted into the Indian Air Force displayed its air capabilities in the sky at Sukhna Lake.

  • Tejas, Sukhoi, MiG-29, Jaguar, Rafale and Hawk were also part of the flypast.

About Indian Air Force

  • It was officially established on 8 October 1932. 

  • It is the air wing of the Indian Armed Forces whose primary mission is to secure Indian airspace and conduct aerial activities during armed conflicts.

  • Over 170,000 personnel are serving in the Indian Air Force.

  • It ranks as the fourth largest operational air force in the world.

  • The motto of the Indian Air Force is 'Touch the Sky with Glory' and was taken from the eleventh chapter of the Bhagavad Gita.

  • After independence, it participated in four wars with Pakistan and one war with the People's Republic of China.

  • It works with the United Nations’ peacekeeping missions.

  • It participated in relief operations during natural calamities like the Gujarat cyclone in 1998, the tsunami in 2004 and the floods in North India.

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