NEW DELHI: On 8 October of every year, India celebrates the Indian Air Force Day (IAF). This day is celebrated to raise awareness about IAF as an organisation that works towards strengthening national security.
This year the celebration is even more significant as this year marks 89 years of IAF. On this day in 1932, the Air Force in India was officially recognised and raised as a supporting force of the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom (UK).
It must be noted that every year, the celebration takes place at the Hindon Air Force Station in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. Also, the celebration takes place in the presence of the three armed forces as well as the IAF chief, along with Chief of Defence Staff. To celebrate the occasion further, the most magnificent aircrafts are flown in the sky.
It must be noted that this year, the Indian Air Force Day parade will pay tribute to all the unknown heroes of the 1971 war in which India defeated Pakistan, which further led to the creation of present-day Bangladesh.
The significance of Indian Air Force is that it is one of the crucial organs to ensure the security of the country. In fact, the Indian Air Force is the fourth-largest operational air force in the world.