89th IAF Foundation Day: The Indian Air Force (IAF) is celebrated its 89th anniversary on September 8, 2021.
AIF Day is observed to mark the birth of the IAF and to raise awareness about the Indian air force in any organization of the national security both officially and publicly.
- The AIF Day parade was held at the Hindon airbase, Ghaziabad.
- Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Army Staff General MM Naravane and Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh attended the event.
- IAF Chief Vivek Ram Chaudhary inspected the 89th Air Force Day.
- The air show at the Hindon airbase showcased Dakota, Dornier, LCA Tejas and Rafale fighter jets, among other aircrafts.
- The fleet performed skillful maneuvers to mark the platinum jubilee year of India’s Independence.
- A total of 75 aircraft took part in the air show marking the marks the 75th year of India’s Independence.
- VR Chaudhari, on the occasion, also presented the Vayu Sena Medal – Gallantry to the officers.
- This occasion is being celebrated as ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’, to commemorate the victory of 1971 war.
- Indian Air Force is also known as “Bhartiya Vayu Sena”, is the air arm of the Indian Armed Forces.
- It was officially established on 8 October 1932 as an auxiliary air force of the British Empire which honoured India’s aviation service during World War II with the prefix Royal.
- With the government’s transition to a Republic in 1950, the prefix Royal was removed.
- IAF ranks as the fourth-best air force in the world.
- The present Commander-in-Chief of IAF is Ram Nath Kovind.
- The Chief of Air Staff, an air chief marshal, is a four-star officer and is responsible for the bulk of operational command of the Air Force.
- The present Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) is Air Marshal V R Chaudhari, PVSM, AVSM, VM.
- The motto of IAF is Touching the Sky with Glory.
- This motto is to remind the IAF to reach for the sky and overwhelm their adversaries.
Note: The phrase, ‘Touching the Sky with Glory’, has been taken from the Gita said by Krishna to Arjuna before the Kurukshetra War.
History of IAF:
- Indian Air Force Day was first observed in the year 1932.
- Its first ac flight came into being on 01 Apr 1933.
- It possessed strength of six RAF-trained officers and 19 Havai Sepoys (literally, air soldiers).
- The aircraft inventory comprised of four Westland Wapiti IIA army co-operation biplanes at Drigh Road as the “A” Flight nucleus of the planned No.1 (Army Co- operation) Squadron.
- The Indian pilots were led by British RAF Commanding officer Flight Lieutenant.
Digitalization of IAF:
- The IAF has technologically evolved and grown in strength over these years to thwart any threat to the nation.
- In 2010, the Air Force Network (AFNET) was launched.
- AFNET is a robust digital information grid that enabled quick and meticulous threat responses.