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In pics | Thunder in the skies as Indian Air Force celebrates 84th anniversary
Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent, New Delhi
Oct 08, 2016 02:56 PM IST
The Indian Air Force marked its 84th anniversary on Saturday with an extraordinary air show at the Hindon Air Force Base near Ghaziabad.
The Indian Air Force marked its 84th anniversary on Saturday with an extraordinary air show at the Hindon Air Force Base near Ghaziabad. Apart from the IAF chief Arup Raha, the chief of the Indian Army Dalbir Singh, former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and others were also present at the function.
President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday lauded the “immensely professional” air force on Twitter: “The IAF has achieved distinction in defending our skies and delivering vital humanitarian aid and disaster relief. The nation is proud of the capability and competency of the IAF.”
Speaking at the function, IAF chief Arup Raha said, “The acquisition of 36 Rafale aircrafts in next few years could greatly enhance our operational capability in near term.”
Established on October 8, 1932, the Indian Air Force is celebrated its 84th anniversary by scintillating display by various aircrafts.
Established on October 8, 1932 as an auxiliary air force of the British Empire, IAF has a strength of over 120,000 personnel, meant to defend Indian airspace and are also deployed for United Nations missions.