The Indian Air Force celebrated its 88th anniversary today. A stunning air show at the Hindon air base in Ghaziabad near Delhi captivated people across the country. This year the India Air Force Day was special. The newly acquired Rafale fighter jets were part of the show for the first time. The five Rafale jets were formally inducted into the IAF on September 10, is a major boost to India's air power. Air Force Day is celebrated to mark the day the IAF was established in 1932. "My congratulations to all air warriors... on behalf of the air warriors I world like to assure all Indians that the Indian Air Force is ever ready to guard our borders," Air chief RKS Bhadauria said in his address today.
"As we enter the 89th year, the IAF is undergoing a transformational change. We are entering an era which will redefine where we employ aerospace power and conduct integrated multi-domain operations," Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria added.
President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah and other ministers and leaders greeted the air warriors on Air Force Day.
Indian Air Force Day 2020: Greetings and messages
On Air Force Day, we proudly honour our air warriors, veterans, and families of the Indian Air Force. 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 (@rashtrapatibhvn) October 8, 2020
I extend my warmest greetings to all Air Force personnel on the 88th Air Force Day.— Vice President of India (@VPSecretariat) October 8, 2020
Our Air Warriors are known for their professionalism, excellence and courage. They have made the country proud in war and peace.
May they touch the sky with glory.@IAF_MCC#AFDay2020#AirForceDay
एयर फोर्स डे पर भारतीय वायुसेना के सभी वीर योद्धाओं को बहुत-बहुत बधाई। आप न सिर्फ देश के आसमान को सुरक्षित रखते हैं, बल्कि आपदा के समय मानवता की सेवा में भी अग्रणी भूमिका निभाते हैं। मां भारती की रक्षा के लिए आपका साहस, शौर्य और समर्पण हर किसी को प्रेरित करने वाला है।#AFDay2020pic.twitter.com/0DYlI7zpe6— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 8, 2020
My felicitations and best wishes to the air warriors and their families on the occasion of Air Force Day-2020.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) October 8, 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. #AFDay2020@IAF_MCCpic.twitter.com/jo0t1dIv20
Indian Air Force Day 2020: See in Pics
‘Touch the Sky with Glory'— ADG PI - INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) October 8, 2020
General MM Naravane #COAS and All Ranks of #IndianArmy convey best wishes on 88th #AirForceDay to All Ranks of #IndianAirForce. May glory and success always be with #IndianAirForce. pic.twitter.com/ShHfmbIqmU
Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Army Staff, General MM Naravane and Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh attended the Indian Air Force Day celebrations today. IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria inspected the Indian Air Force Day parade. The Nishan Toli march was led by Squadron Leader Shivangi Rajawat at Air Force Day.