On the very 89th anniversary of Indian Air Force Day, India honored the unsung heroes of the 1971 war that led to the creation of Bangladesh.
Flag-bearing skydivers of the famous Akash Ganga Team dropping out of AN-32 aircraft in their colorful canopies commemorated the grand parade on the 89th anniversary of the Indian Air Force (IAF) at Hindon Air Base in Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad.
IAF chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh, Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane, and CDS General Bipin Rawat were present on the occasion.
The IAF was established on the 8th of Oct, 1932, in undivided India which was under colonial rule. It was given the prefix "Royal" by King George VI for its contribution during the Second World War. The prefix was later dropped in 1950 when India became a republic.
Every year, this day is observed as the Indian Air Force Day to celebrate the proud day of the foundation of IAF, also known as Bharatiya Vayu Sena.
The day is celebrated to raise awareness around the world about IAF as an organization that works towards strengthening national security.
On this particular day in 1932, the Air Force in India was officially recognized and praised as a supporting force of the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom (UK).
Fearless Warrior prepare for battle
Stand your ground
Fearless warrior dawn your armor
Be prepared for all things-Good and bad
Fearless Warrior hold your head up high
Don't get discouraged
This battle will only be for a little while
Fearless warriors prepares for battle
Stand your ground
Fearless Warrior dawn your armor
Hold true to your heart's desires
Don't forget to look around you
Don't forget you have backup
Fearless Warrior stand your ground
Prepare for battle
Fearless Warrior remember
you don't always have to be fearless
The 4th-largest operational air force in the world, the primary mission of the IAF is to secure the Indian airspace as well as also conduct aerial activities during armed conflicts.
‘To air warriors, veterans and families’
In the words of Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his greetings to the brave “air warriors and their families”. “The Indian Air Force is synonymous with courage, diligence, and professionalism.
However, they have distinguished themselves in defending the country and through their humanitarian spirit in times of challenges,” Modi Ji said.