The Indian Air Force celebrates its 88th anniversary this year on Thursday, 8 October 2020. India showcases its air power at the annual Indian Air Force Day. This year will be special as the newly-inducted Rafale fighter aircraft will feature in the Indian Air Force Day parade. Five Rafale fighter jets were formally inducted into the IAF on September 10, in a major boost to India’s air power. Air Force Day is celebrated to mark the day the IAF was established in 1932. The IAF Day parade takes place at the Hindon airbase in Ghaziabad.
Formation and early pilots
A Westland Wapiti, one of the first aircraft of the Indian Air Force.
The Indian Air Force was established on 8 October 1932 in British India as an auxiliary air force of the Royal Air Force. The enactment of the Indian Air Force Act 1932 stipulated out their auxiliary status and enforced the adoption of the Royal Air Force uniforms, badges, brevets and insignia. On 1 April 1933, the IAF commissioned its first squadron, No.1 Squadron, with four Westland Wapiti biplanes and five Indian pilots. The Indian pilots were led by British RAF Commanding officer Flight Lieutenant (later Air Vice Marshal) Cecil Bouchier.
Indian Air Force Day 2020 Wishes, Messages & Quotes
- I’m very grateful to them who have fought for our freedom. Happy Indian Air Force Day!
- It is a proud privilege to be a soldier – a good soldier with discipline, self-respect, pride in his unit and his country, a high sense of duty and obligation to comrades and his superiors, and a self-confidence born of demonstrated ability. Happy Air Force Day!
- I am proud and happy for our country to remain in the gentle feel. Happy Air Force Day!
- Unite and live together in the future to maintain independence. Happy Air Force Day!
- Better to die fighting for freedom than be a prisoner all the days of your life. Happy Air Force Day!
- We live in a free country because of our real heroes. Happy Air Force Day!
- If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or is a Gurkha—Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw
- No real change in history has ever been achieved by discussions—Subhas Chandra Bose
- Some goals are so worthy, it’s glorious even to fail—Capt Manoj Kumar Pandey
- I regret I have but one life to give for my country—Prem Ramchandan
- Either I will come back after hoisting the tricolour, or I will come back wrapped in it, but I will be back for sure—Capt. Vikram Batra, PVC
- Who kept the hope and supported the fight, The glory theirs, the service ours.
- Who kept the faith and fought the fight; the glory theirs, the duty ours. Happy Air Force Day!
- Today we are breathing freely just because we live in a free country. Happy Indian Air Force Day!
- We are flying in different areas of increase, just as India is free. Happy Indian Air Force Day 2020.
- India is a golden bird and play is its new wing. Happy Indian Air Force Day 2020.