Indian Air Force Day: On this day, IAF personnel are honoured for their dedication and professionalism.
Indian Air Force Day 2023: On its 91st anniversary, the Indian Air Force is commemorating Air Force Day, with the highlight being the unveiling of its new ensign at the annual Air Force Day parade in Prayagraj on Sunday. This initiative aims to better align the symbol with the organization’s values, marking a significant update 72 years after a similar exercise. “October 8 will be etched as a momentous day in the history of the Indian Air Force. On this historic occasion, the Chief of Air Staff will reveal the new IAF ensign,” announced the IAF. The day is marked by elaborate celebrations, including a grand parade, held nationwide. It serves as an occasion to honor IAF personnel for their unwavering dedication and professionalism.
History of this day
The Indian Air Force, also known as Bharatiya Vayu Sena, was established in the country on October 8, 1932, during the era of the British Empire. The first operational squadron was formed on April 1, 1933, comprising six officers trained by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and 19 Havai Sepoys (air soldiers). The initial aircraft inventory included four Westland Wapiti IIA army co-operation biplanes stationed at Drigh Road, forming the “A” Flight nucleus of the planned No.1 (Army Co-operation) Squadron.
In January 1950, following India’s transition into a Republic within the British Commonwealth, the Indian Air Force removed the “Royal” prefix from its name.
Significance of this day
The annual Air Force Day parade is a significant event held to commemorate the founding of the Indian Air Force (IAF). This parade serves as a platform to showcase the capabilities of the IAF and underscores its unwavering commitment to the defense of the nation.
Theme of this day
The theme chosen for this year’s Indian Air Force Day is ‘IAF – Airpower Beyond Boundaries.’ This theme underscores the force’s steadfast commitment to excellence, innovation, and its crucial role as the protector of the nation’s airspace.
A spectacular air show is set to take place in the Sangam area today, featuring a variety of aircraft. Among them are the sophisticated and contemporary Chinook, Chetak, Jaguar, Apache, and Rafale, all poised to demonstrate their formidable capabilities.
An aerial “Sangam” of over 120 aircraft, operating seamlessly from various bases and flying at varying altitudes & speeds.
Look above, at the skies of #Prayagraj on 08 Oct 23, starting from 2: 30 PM as we present to you the finest aerial ballet on display.
A representative… pic.twitter.com/miRDrRXchB
— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) October 7, 2023
Best wishes to all air warriors and their families on Air Force Day. India is proud of the valour, commitment and dedication of the Indian Air Force. Their great service and sacrifice ensure our skies are safe. pic.twitter.com/HJ5coUq2eP
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 8, 2023
The traditional venue for the parade was the Hindon airbase near Delhi until 2021, after which the event was relocated outside the national capital. Last year, the parade took place in Chandigarh.