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“Touch The Sky With Glory” – Indian Air Force

The Balakot Air Strike was during the month of February this year, Abhinandan Vardhaman, The Squadron Leader, the missiles deal and crashing down the terrorism by striking enemy’s aircraft and many more uncountable spectacular performances of our great pride known as Indian Air Force (IAF). We can’t imagine the kind of sacrifice, patriotism and dedication these forces people are filled with. When we all are fighting for the biased community, religion-based issues, they are serving not a particular state or city. However, they are doing it for a nation called INDIA.

History Behind Air Force Day

The IAF was established on October 8th 1932 in British India colonialism as an auxiliary air force of the Royal Air Force. The enactment of the Indian Air Force Act 1932 stipulated out their adjunct status and enforced the adoption of the Royal Air Force uniforms, badges, brevets and insignia on them. On April 1st 1933, the IAF commissioned its first squadron, No.1 Squadron, with four Westland Wapiti biplanes and a group of five Indian pilots. When India became a republic nation in 1950, the prefix ‘Royal’ was removed from the Indian Air Force. At the same time, the current IAF roundel was also adopted.

Motto Of Indian Air Force

The Motto of Indian Air Force has been taken from the eleventh chapter of the Gita means ‘Touch The Sky With Glory‘. This mantra was given by Lord Krishna to Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra during the War of Mahabharata. In the mythology, Scene Lord is showing His Supreme Divine form to Arjuna. He showed the perfect way of the Lord is reaching the sky with glory, evoking fear and loss of self-control in the mind of Arjuna and giving him the power to fight. The Indian Air Force, similarly, aims with the motto to overwhelm the adversaries with the application of aerospace power in defence of the nation.

CELEBRATIONS

Every year October 8th is celebrated as Air Force Day, the day Indian Air Force was officially established in the year 1932.

This year the day is going to be unique. Why?

The IAF Day is special because NDA 2.0 Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will receive the first of 36 long-awaited Rafale fighter jets in the counterpart of the deal, France. Indian Air Force (IAF) will showcase its latest technology with great pomp and show featuring their motto with the flag and reflects on the road ahead. The spectacular air display ceremony will take place at the Hindon Air Force, Ghaziabad, and Uttar Pradesh. The IAF will also be showcasing its Chinook and Apache helicopters for the first time, which are taken from the United States. The Air Force Day 2019 will be celebrated with the gracious presence of IAF chief Birender Singh Dhanoa and senior officials of the three Armed Forces.

The IAF shared a promotional video for 87th anniversary of the Indian Air Force (IAF). The ceremony began around  8:00 a.m.in the early morning and will continue till 10:30 a.m.

What to learn from Air Force?

Dignity, dedication, patriotism, hard work, love for all, respect for everyone are some of the qualities to be imbibed from IAF. However, the most important one is to respect the national diversity and think only of one religion which is Indian.

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