India Air Force Day 2019 Live Updates: Air Force Celebrates 87th IAF Day, Grand Flypast On Display

IAF Day 2019 Updates: The Indian Air Force (IAF) is celebrating its 87th birth anniversary with a grand event at Hindon Air Force Station in Ghaziabad.

India Air Force Day 2019 Live Updates: Air Force Celebrates 87th IAF Day, Grand Flypast On Display

Indian Air Force Day 2019: IAF planes will carry out a flypast at Hindon Air Force Station

NEW DELHI:

Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria today said the Indian Air Force (IAF) needs to be alert at all times amid the "present security environment in the neighbourhood". Addressing IAF personnel and their families on the 87th birth anniversary of the Air Force, he said all "Air Warriors should serve with great integrity at all times". The Indian Air Force (IAF) is celebrating its 87th birth anniversary with a grand event at Hindon Air Force Station in Ghaziabad. The day is significant for another reason - Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will take delivery of India's newest multirole fighter jet Rafale in France today. At Hindon, several IAF transport planes, helicopters and fighter jets are participating in a flypast with Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria in attendance. Army Chief General Bipin Rawat attended the event. 

Here are the live updates from IAF Day celebrations:

Oct 08, 2019 12:15 (IST)
Sachin Tendulkar attends IAF celebrations
  • Cricket legend and honorary Group Captain Sachin Tendulkar attended the Indian Air Force (IAF) Day celebrations at Hindon Air Force Station.
  • He attended the event with his wife Anjali Tendulkar and was greeted by the Air Force officers.
Oct 08, 2019 11:53 (IST)
Grand flypast on display at Indian Air Force's 87th anniversary
Oct 08, 2019 11:22 (IST)
Indian Air Force is a symbol of valor and courage: Amit Shah
Oct 08, 2019 11:20 (IST)
Nation salutes our brave air warriors, tweets Piyush Goyal
Oct 08, 2019 11:18 (IST)
BJP leader Rajyavardhan Rathore saluted the air warriors
Oct 08, 2019 11:16 (IST)
Our Air Warriors are second to none, says Kiren Rijiju
Oct 08, 2019 11:15 (IST)
  • Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad saluted the commitment, bravery and patriotism of our Air Force.

Oct 08, 2019 10:56 (IST)
Indian Air Force chief's address on 87th Air Force Day
Oct 08, 2019 10:52 (IST)
IAF showcasing India's latest technology
Oct 08, 2019 10:35 (IST)
  • Indian Air Force officers who participated in Balakot airstrike, fly 3 Mirage 2000 aircraft and 2 Su-30MKI fighter aircraft in 'Avenger formation', at Hindon Air Base during the event on Air Force Day. 

Oct 08, 2019 10:33 (IST)
Visuals of MiG 21 aircraft
Oct 08, 2019 10:31 (IST)
Visual of Tejas aircraft

Oct 08, 2019 10:26 (IST)
Visuals of Air Force flypast

Oct 08, 2019 10:14 (IST)
Wing Commander Abhinandan in Indian Air Force Show
  • Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman leads a 'MiG formation' and flies a MiG Bison Aircraft at Hindon Air Base on Air Force Day today.

  • Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman of IAF who shot down a PAF F-16 during a dogfight on February 27 earlier this year, flew MiG-21 Bison aircraft over Air Force Day parade today at Hindon Air Base. 
  • Three Mirage 2000 aircraft and two Su-30MKI fighter aircraft also flew in ''Avenger formation''. 
  • The planes are being flown by pilots who took part in Balakot airstrike. Air Fighter Pilots who took part in Balakot air strikes were included in the parade as a mark of tribute to the teams which carried out the strike on February 26 and thwarted the Pakistani aerial attack on February 27.




Oct 08, 2019 10:08 (IST)
Visuals of Chinook aircraft in Air Force Day flypast
  • Visuals of Chinook aircraft in Air Force Day flypast


Oct 08, 2019 10:03 (IST)
Major Shift In Government's Way Of Handling Terrorism, Says Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria On Balakot Airstrike
Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria today referred to the suicide attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama in February as a reminder that defence installations need to be on alert at all times. At the celebration of the Indian Air Force's (IAF) 87th birthday celebrations, the IAF chief the "present security environment in the neighbourhood is a serious cause of concern", news agency ANI reported.
Oct 08, 2019 09:41 (IST)
All organs of IAF work with synergy: Air Chief
  • We are always prepared for all contingencies.
  • IAF provided relief and rescue operations during contingencies.
  • Improved training methodology for pilots, technicians
  • Duty to remain combat worthy
  • Need to focus on indigenous design and manufacture
  • Will promote Indian firms in fleet assistance
  • All organs of IAF work with synergy
  • Indian Air Force is grateful for nation's trust and confidence in us and the support provided. "On behalf of all air warriors, I assure the nation of our sacred resolve, defending the sovereignty of our skies and safeguarding our national interest at all cost," said Air Force chief
Oct 08, 2019 09:26 (IST)
  • Air Chief takes the salute and honours Indian Air Force personnel.





Oct 08, 2019 09:13 (IST)
  • Indian Air Force (IAF) celebrates 87th anniversary on Air Force Day 2019 at Hindon Air Base in Ghaziabad. Army Chief General Bipin Rawat and IAF Chief, Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria present at the event.
  • Indian Air Force Chief Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria takes salute.



Oct 08, 2019 08:30 (IST)
Indian Air Fore celebrates 87th anniversary
Oct 08, 2019 08:29 (IST)
Mamata Banerjee tweets heartiest greetings to IAF personnel
Oct 08, 2019 08:26 (IST)
Nirmala Sitharaman tweets heart-felt greetings on 87th IAF anniversary
Oct 08, 2019 08:05 (IST)
Indian Air Force air display commences
  • The air display commenced with flag-bearing sky divers of the famous Akash Ganga team dropping out of an AN-32 aircraft in their colourful canopies. 
Oct 08, 2019 07:30 (IST)
Grand event for 87th birth anniversary of IAF
  • The India Air Force (IAF) is celebrating its 87th birth anniversary today with a grand event at Hindon Air Force Station in Ghaziabad. 
  • The day is significant for another reason - Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will take delivery of India's newest multirole fighter jet Rafale in France today. 
  • He will also be taken for a spin in the advanced jet made by France's Dassault Aviation at the handover ceremony in Merignac in France. 
  • At Hindon, several IAF transport planes, helicopters and fighter jets will participate in a flypast with Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria in attendance. 
  • "Greetings to all @IAF_MCC personnel and their families on the 87th IAF Day. The IAF is the shining example of exemplary courage, fortitude, determination and impeccable service to our nation. These men and women in Blue have the ability to touch the sky with grit and glory," the Defence Minister tweeted this morning.
  • The air display will start with flag-bearing sky divers of the Akash Ganga team dropping out of an AN-32 aircraft in their colourful canopies.
  • The IAF will showcase its Chinook heavy-lift twin-rotor transport helicopter and the Apache attack helicopters for the first. Both these helicopters were acquired from the US and inducted into the IAF in the last few months.
  • The flypast will include several helicopters and planes, starting with the Chinook and the Apache, and ending with a spectacular manoeuvre by the Russian-origin multirole fighter jet Sukhoi-30MKI.
  • A flypast of vintage planes including the Dakota that had served the IAF for over 40 years will be carried out over Hindon. The Dakota DC-3 aircraft of the 1940s was used till 1988. It was one of the most versatile transport aircraft of its time.
  • The Indian Air Force was set up on October 8, 1932. When it was formed, it had a strength of only six Royal Air Force-trained officers and 19 Havai Sepoys (air soldiers). The aircraft inventory comprised four Westland Wapiti IIA army co-operation biplanes, according to the IAF on its website.
  • Rajnath Singh will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris today as he takes delivery of the first of the 36 Rafale aircraft that India bought from France. He will perform a "Shastra Puja" on Dussehra, which falls today.
  • "Delighted to be in France. This great nation is India's important strategic partner and our special relationship goes far beyond the realm of formal ties. My visit to France is aimed at expanding the existing strategic partnership between both the countries," Mr Singh tweeted after he arrived in Paris on Monday.
  • While the formal handover ceremony takes place today, the first batch of four Rafale jets will fly to their home base in India by May 2020.
  • The Rafale entered service with the French Navy in 2004. The Rafale jets intended for India are expected to come with certain modifications for the IAF and have been awaited as a crucial enhancement to India's Medium Multirole Combat Aircraft fleet.
  • The handover ceremony will be followed by the annual Indo-French Defence Dialogue between Mr Singh and French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly in Paris on Tuesday evening. On Wednesday, the Defence Minister is scheduled to address CEOs representing French defence firms.
Oct 08, 2019 07:29 (IST)
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Reaches France To Receive First Rafale Aircraft: 10 Points
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh landed in France today for a three-day visit, during which he will receive the first of the 36 long-awaited Rafale fighter jets on behalf of the Indian Air Force (IAF). He is also expected to undertake a sortie in the aircraft and hold discussions with the country's top leadership during his time in the European country. "Greetings to all @IAF_MCC personnel and their families on the 87th IAF Day. The IAF is the shining example of exemplary courage, fortitude, determination and impeccable service to our nation. These men and women in Blue have the ability to touch the sky with grit and glory," the Defence Minister tweeted this morning as the IAF celebrates Air Force Day in Hindon near Delhi.
Oct 08, 2019 07:23 (IST)
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tweets greetings for IAF
Oct 08, 2019 07:21 (IST)
  • Chiefs of three services, Army Chief Bipin Rawat, Indian Air Force Chief, RKS Bhadauria and Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Karambir Singh, pay tributes at National War Memorial in Delhi on the occasion of Indian Force Day.
  • Indian Air Force in a tweet greeted the air-warriors and their families on the occasion of 87th Air Force Day.
  • IAF in a tweet said, " #AFDay19: On the occasion of 87th Anniversary, Indian Air Force extends its heartfelt greetings to the courageous air-warriors & their families. The Courage, Valour, Commitment, Dedication & Zeal are inspiration for all."
  • On October 6, IAF had tweeted, "#AFDay19 : As the Indian Air Force prepares to celebrate the 87th anniversary of its birth, the Air-warriors of IAF are getting ready for the ceremonial parade as part of celebrations at Air Force Station Hindan. Come & witness the grand Parade. Two days to GO!!!"


Oct 08, 2019 07:17 (IST)
PM expresses gratitude to our air warriors
Oct 08, 2019 07:12 (IST)
Indian Air Force tweets promo video for 87th anniversary
Oct 08, 2019 07:10 (IST)
Air Force Day 2019: On IAF's Big Day, Here Are Some Top Aircraft Taking Part At Grand Flypast
Today is a big day for the Indian Air Force. It's the IAF's 87th birth anniversary, and India will induct its newest multirole fighter jet Rafale into the Air Force at a handover ceremony in Merignac in France. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who is in France, will take delivery of the first Rafale made by French firm Dassault Aviation.
Oct 08, 2019 07:09 (IST)
87th birth anniversary of Indian Air Force
  • Today is a big day for the Indian Air Force. It's the IAF's 87th birth anniversary, and India will induct its newest multirole fighter jet Rafale into the Air Force at a handover ceremony in Merignac in France. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who is in France, will take delivery of the first Rafale made by French firm Dassault Aviation.
  • As part of its 87th birth anniversary celebrations on Air Force Day, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria will attend a grand flypast by the IAF's transport planes, helicopters and fighter jets at Hindon Air Force Station in Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad, near Delhi.
  • The IAF will showcase its Chinook transport and Apache attack helicopters for the first time since they were acquired from the US in the last few months.
  • A Russian-origin Sukhoi-30MKI will perform a spectacular manoeuvre at the end of the flypast.
  • Here are some of the aircraft taking part in the flypast: Chinook helicopter, Apache attack helicopter, Hercules transport aircraft, C-17 Globemaster III, Jaguar, MiG-21 Bison, MiG-29, Mirage 2000, Sukhoi-30MKI, LCA Tejas, 
Oct 08, 2019 06:57 (IST)
Air Force Day 2019: Date, Time, Significance, All You Need to Know About 87th IAF Day
Air Force Day 2019: IAF or Indian Air Force was founded on October 8, 1932, and the force participated in several crucial wars and landmark missions. The Indian Air Force Day is celebrated to mark its anniversary.