By Staff Correspondent
Today, India commemorated the 91st anniversary of its Air Force, a day that not only holds historical significance but has evolved into a symbol of national pride. Founded in 1932, the Indian Air Force (IAF) stands today as a testament to the determination of numerous heroes who have safeguarded India’s skies for almost a century.
Under this year’s theme, ‘IAF – Airpower Beyond Boundaries’, the celebrations highlighted the IAF’s expansive capabilities, hinting at the force’s readiness to tackle both conventional and emerging challenges. Across the country, the day has been marked by exhibitions, air displays, and military parades that showcased the strength and versatility of the IAF to both domestic and international audiences.
From its modest inception as the ‘Royal Indian Air Force’ during the British colonial period to its evolution post-independence in 1947, the IAF has played an instrumental role in pivotal chapters of Indian history. This includes its significant engagements during various Indo-Pakistani conflicts and the high-altitude Kargil war, codenamed ‘Operation Safed Sagar’.
The main event at Hindon Air Force Station, close to New Delhi, treated attendees to a blend of military tradition and modern aeronautical prowess. Concurrently, the Bamrauli Air Force Station in Prayagraj began with a ceremonial march, with the day’s highlight being an airshow featuring front-line aircraft like the Sukhoi 30, MiG 29, Rafale, and Jaguar.
Remarks by key Indian officials reaffirmed the significance of the day. President Droupadi Murmu stated, “The IAF’s progress has been commendable. It’s a source of national pride.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi accentuated the IAF’s unwavering commitment to securing India’s airspace. Other leaders, including Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, joined the chorus of appreciation, underlining the IAF’s enduring legacy of valor.
As today’s ceremonies draw to a close, they serve as a poignant reminder of the IAF’s central role in India’s defence architecture. With the hum of jet engines echoing across the country, the annual Air Force Day reinforces the nation’s trust in its airborne guardians.