Indian Air Force Day – 8th October 2020
The Indian Air force forms an essential and integral part of the Indian Military. Indian Air force day is observed as a mark of respect for the Air Forces and falls on October 8th. The year 2020 marks the 88th year of celebration.
The Indian armed forces are one of the most powerful, advanced and prestigious military units in the world. The Indian Air force personnel and their composite aircraft fleet have been designated as the fourth-best in the world.
A day to celebrate air force achievements during warfare, non-military operations, surveillance missions and more, the Indian Air force day is a commemoration of the Bharatiya Vayu Sena. Here is an article exclusively focussed on Indian Air force Day 2020 and its history, significance, themes and celebrations. We have also answered a few relevant FAQs towards the end of the article.
Indian Air Force Day 2020 – History
History was re-created on October 8th in the year 1932 when the Indian Air Force was officially set up in our country. This eventful day is celebrated every year at the Hindon Base in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.
Dignitaries including Air force chief and chiefs of other armed forces participate in the event. The day serves as an awareness meet about the role and importance of the Air Force for a country’s security and protection. The inception of the Indian Air force as a subsidiary arm of the Royal British Air Force took place with the enactment of the Indian Air Force Act in the same year 1932.
At that time, our country was still ruled by the British; hence squadrons for planes were co-assigned with RAF Commanding officers. The first squadron was set up in the year 1933 by the name of No. 1 squadron.
It took off with four biplanes called Westland Wapiti and five pilots from India only. After India got independence, the Royal Air Force also got bifurcated into two divisions – Royal Indian Air force and Royal Pakistan Air Force in the year 1947.
The Indian Air force has played significant roles during first Kashmir War in 1947, Congo Crisis in 1961, Sino- Indian War in 1962, Second Kashmir War in 1965, Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971, and Kargil in 1999 and their operations continue to provide striking blows to enemy counterparts.
Significance of Indian Air Force Day
All Indians have to stand by Bharatiya Vayu Sena’s motto which says “Touching the sky with glory”. Our air force squadrons have been part of various kinds of missions since the Air force began its operations formally.
They have proved their mettle in tough situations like warfare; they have displayed extreme courage in cases of natural calamities to rescue humans in trouble.
Apart from these basic action plans, they are always sought out for many missions on the go. Every challenging task is accepted and taken care by our air force personnel with full duty consciousness, responsibility and service towards our nation.
The President of India takes over the dual role as commander-in-chief of all our armed forces, inclusive of the Air force. The Indian Air Force achieved a landmark milestone in the year 2002. They set new records for the nation.
The Indian Air force granted the rank of Air Marshal to Officer Arjan Singh. History was created as the country saw his inception as the chief of air force operations in India.
For working purposes, the Air force has been structurally defined into various functional units. They have 7 working commands under them. Five groups belong to the operational category, and two others come under the technical divisions.
The most advanced features of the Air force was digitally enabled in the year 2010 with fully functional Air Force Network or AFNET in short. This is a highly specialised and meticulous grid to receive and respond to threats and external suspicions.
The massive staff strength of the Indian Air force speaks for itself. More than 1, 70,000 personnel in various units are serving in the Air force. Aircraft fleet and carriers close to around 1400 and more dominate our Air force aircraft.
Indian Air Force Day 2020 Themes
Indian Air Force celebrates Air Force Day every year on October 8th. There are no specific themes adjudged for every passing year. However, the celebrations are themed in tune with the air displays showcased as part of celebrations held country-wide. Some of the highlights are explained year-wise below:
- The year 2017 displayed Scandinavian air show teams, Indian aerobatic teams Sarang and Surya Kiran showing stellar performances, other acrobatic performers showed “Dance of daredevils” that lit up the skies.
- The year 2018 displayed great prowess in the skies with many aircraft like Tejas LCA, Jaguar, Sarang helicopters, many fighter aircraft, IAS paratroopers, military transport aircraft, sky diving teams etc.
- 2019 had an underlying theme titled “Know Your Air Force”. It had variety in its display of majestic commando forces ‘Garud’, ambassadors, IAF helicopters, sky diving teams, special operations team, missile systems, combat units and radar structures.
- The Indian Defence Ministry has officially stated 2020 themes. “The untiring efforts and supreme sacrifices of its personnel” is the central theme on which all preparations are planned. Complementing their personnel and squadron teams, the IAF plans excellent shows at all of its air stations.
Indian Air Force Day 2020 Celebrations
The Bharatiya Vayu Sena celebrates the Indian Air Force Day every year in several ways; some of them are highlighted below:
- Events to create public awareness regarding the role of the air force in maintaining the national security of the nation.
- Air force stations begin preparations at their respective airbases many months before the eventful day.
- A hollow square parade is conducted as a symbolic note of thanksgiving to every arm of the air force including the civilian division by the Commander in chief of the Indian Air force.
- A significant part of the day’s celebrations goes in paying tributes to all the warriors who sacrificed their lives in offering their service to the nation.
- Medals, awards and honours to appreciate talented personnel and encourage them to achieve greater heights in their duty are conducted.
- Air shows at different air bases in different parts of the country organise eventful displays for the public.
- On a light note, personnel from different cadres get together for social evenings and have a good time with each other.
A country faces both external and internal threats, and the answer to them is preparedness by military forces. Every arm of the armed forces needs to be ready for any adverse situation. Missions, where the Indian Air Forces are involved, include combat operations, warfare, disaster management systems, operations based on humanitarian grounds etc.
We, as citizens of India, should encourage and support offices serving at different units of the air force and appreciate their duty and efforts for our nation.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. When is Indian Air Force Day?
Indian Air Force Day is celebrated on October 8th every year.
2. Why do we celebrate the Indian Air Force Day?
The Indian Air force personnel serve the country in various missions based on non-military grounds, warfare, rescuing people during natural calamities and other combat missions. To commemorate their efforts and service towards the country, we celebrate Air Force Day.
3. What is the theme of Indian air force day 2020?
The theme of Air Force Day 2020 is based on “the untiring efforts and supreme sacrifices of its personnel.”