Ghaziabad: The Indian Air Force (IAF) on the occasion of its 86th anniversary held a grand parade-cum-investiture ceremony at the Air Force Station at Hindon in Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh on Monday.
The parade was followed by an air display and acrobatics by the Air Force’s various aircraft, including Jaguar, Bison, MiG-29, Mirage-2000 and SU-30 MKI fighter jets and Rudra helicopters. Following the parade, the static display of aircraft, weapon, radar and missiles systems of the Indian Air Force were also exhibited.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed his wishes on the Air Force Day, celebrating its 86th anniversary.
A grateful nation salutes our valorous air warriors and their families on Air Force Day. They keep our skies safe and are at the forefront of serving humanity in times of disasters. Proud of the Indian Air Force! pic.twitter.com/7zpdzotATS
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 8, 2018
President of India Ram Nath Kovind, who is on a three-day visit to Tajikistan, also congratulated the Indian Air Force on its 86th anniversary.
On Air Force Day, we proudly honour our air warriors, veterans, and families of the Indian Air Force. They safeguard our skies with courage and commitment. The resilience, tenacity and zeal of our valiant air warriors is a source of pride for every Indian #PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) October 8, 2018
According to reports, preparations for the 86th anniversary of the Indian Air Force began two months.
Earlier on Sunday, the Indian Air Force in Jammu organised an 8 km cross-country run with approximately 500 air force personnel participating in it. The IAF also carried out a cycle rally with 100 children participating in it.
Last week, the IAF displayed the upgraded MiG-29 and showcased its combat capabilities at Admapur Air Force Station. The upgraded MiG-29 aircraft has the capability to take off within five minutes of spotting a hostile jet trying to enter the Indian airspace.
Notably, the Indian Air Force was born in 1932 as the Royal Indian Air Force under then British rule. The name was changed to Indian Air Force in 1950.