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Indian Air Force Day 2022 Date – Saturday, 08 October
In this article, readers can get a glimpse on
- History of Indian Air Force Day 2022
- How is Indian Air force day celebrated
- Indian Air Force day 2022 Quotes
- Indian Air Force Day 2022 Theme
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History of Indian Air Force Day 2022
The Indian Air Force was established on 8 October 1932 in British India as an auxiliary air force of the Royal Air Force. The enactment of the Indian Air Force Act 1932 stipulated out their auxiliary status and enforced the adoption of the Royal Air Force uniforms, badges, brevets and insignia. On 1 April 1933, the IAF commissioned its first squadron, No.1 Squadron, with four Westland Wapiti biplanes and five Indian pilots. The Indian pilots were led by British RAF Commanding officer Flight Lieutenant (later Air Vice Marshal) Cecil Bouchier.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) is the air arm of the Indian Armed Forces. Its complement of personnel and aircraft assets ranks fourth amongst the air forces of the world. Its primary mission is to secure Indian airspace and to conduct aerial warfare during armed conflict. 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. After India gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1947, the name Royal Indian Air Force was kept and served in the name of Dominion of India. With the government’s transition to a Republic in 1950, the prefix Royal was removed. Since 1950 the IAF has been involved in four wars with neighbouring Pakistan and one with the People’s Republic of China.
The President of India holds the rank of Supreme Commander of the IAF. 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 rank of Marshal of the Air Force has been conferred by the President of India on one occasion in history, to Arjan Singh. On 26 January 2002, Singh became the first and so far, the only five-star rank officer of the IAF.
Committed to safeguarding the Indian skies, Air Force has played a key role in providing assistance to the people of the country during any natural calamity. The professionalism displayed by air warriors during various international exercises reaffirms IAF’s ability to be an effective net security provider. On this day, all men and women of IAF pay rich tribute to the untiring efforts and supreme sacrifice made by veterans, who laid a strong foundation for the service.
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Indian Air Force Day 2022 Theme
Indian Air Force Day 2022 is celebrated with the theme”Touch the Sky with Glory“. The day is observed on 08th October 2022, Saturday.
How is Indian Air Force Day 2022 Celebrated
Indian Air Force (IAF) is proudly celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. A breathtaking, scintillating, and daredevil air display by several IAF aircraft will be the hallmark and main attraction of the Air Force Day Parade cum Investiture Ceremony at Air Force Station Hindan in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad. The nation remains indebted to the contribution of the IAF in securing our skies and assisting civil authorities in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief,” President of India Ram Nath Kovind.
On the occasion of Air Force Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the warriors of IAF. Air Force personnel not only safeguard India’s skies but also play an exemplary role in humanitarian service, PM Modi said. IAF warriors’ courage, valour and dedication towards the motherland are inspiring.
“My felicitations and best wishes to the air warriors and their families on the occasion of Air Force Day-2020. Eighty-eight years of dedication, sacrifice and excellence mark the journey of the IAF which is today a lethal and formidable force to reckon with,” Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
Indian Air Force Day 2022: Significance and importance
The Indian Air Force (IAF) is the air arm and a crucial organ of the Indian armed forces which plays a vital role in the wars fought by the country. Its primary mission is to secure Indian airspace and conduct aerial activities during armed conflicts within nations. The Indian Air Force has taken part in several wars since independence, including four wars with Pakistan and one with the People’s Republic of China. Interestingly, the Indian Air Force not only safeguards Indian territory and national interests from all threats but also provides support during natural calamities in the country. Hence, the day is celebrated to honour and recognise the selfless efforts of our jawans and the entire force.
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Some interesting facts about the Indian Air Force (IAF)
As India commemorates Indian Air Force Day 2022, we bring to you some interesting, lesser-known facts about the IAF.
– The Indian Air Force (IAF) is ranked the fourth largest operational air force in the world. Only the US, China and Russia are ahead of India.
– The motto of the Indian Air Force is ‘Nabham Sparsham Deeptham’, which literally means ‘Touch the Sky with Glory’. Interestingly, IAF has taken its motto from the eleventh chapter of the Bhagavad Gita.
– Hindon Air Force station, situated in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, is the largest airbase in entire Asia. It is also the 8th largest in the world.
– IAF has always taken part in relief operations during natural calamities in the country, including the Gujarat cyclone (1998), the tsunami (2004) and floods in North India. However, IAF made a world record while rescuing civilians stranded during the Uttarakhand flash floods. The mission was named ‘Raahat’ during which the IAF rescued about 20,000 people.
– IAF has also been an important part of various operations such as Operation Poomalai, Operation Vijay, Operation Meghdoot and more.
– IAF even works with the United Nations in peacekeeping missions.
– IAF has included a significant number of women fighter pilots, women navigators and women officers who provide their services to the Indian Air Force. Even the Rafale fleet of the IAF has a woman fighter pilot.
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Indian Air Force Day 2022 Quotes
- “And then, when I thought about joining the Air Force, flying seemed like a natural extension of the motorcycling experience. You’re going faster, higher. You’re operating a machine that’s a lot more powerful than you are.” -Duane G. Carey
- “Either I will come back after hoisting the tricolour, or I will come back wrapped in it, but I will be back for sure” -Capt. Vikram Batra, PVC
- “Those of us who have never been in the military don’t understand what it is like to serve in the military.” – Gina Barreca
- “No real change in history has ever been achieved by discussions” -Subhas Chandra Bose
- “Some goals are so worthy, it’s glorious even to fail” -Capt Manoj Kumar Pandey
- The soldier is the Army. No army is better than its soldiers. The Soldier is also a citizen. The highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country.
Indian Air Force Day 2022 Wishes
- “Who kept the hope and supported the fight, The glory theirs, the service ours. Happy Air Force Day!”
- Freedom is precious. Flag waving in the wind is a symbol of our freedom. Happy Air Force Day! Jai Hind!
- We feel proud to have you as our saviours of the air. Wishing you all a very Happy Indian Airforce Day!
- We are blessed to be born in a country of real heroes who are always there to protect us and keep us safe. Happy Indian Air Force Day.
- Warm wishes on Indian Air Force Day to our air force who has always been there for us looking over us like a guardian soul…. Happy Indian Air Force Day to you.
- We live in a free country because of our real heroes. Happy Air Force Day!
- Today we are breathing freely just because we live in a free country. Happy Indian Air Force Day!
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