Guardians of the sky: India marks 83rd Air Force Day

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Indian Air Force ’Sarang’ helicopters perform during the full-dress rehearsal for Indian Air Force Day at the Hindon air force station, on the outskirts of New Delhi. The Indian Air Force celebrated its 83rd anniversary on October 8. (Reuters Photo)

Indian Air Force ’Sarang’ helicopters perform during the full-dress rehearsal for Indian Air Force Day at the Hindon air force station, on the outskirts of New Delhi. The Indian Air Force celebrated its 83rd anniversary on October 8. (Reuters Photo)

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An IAF jawan marches past a C-17 Globemaster plane during the full dress rehearsal for the Air Force Day function at the Hindon air force station in Ghaziabad. (PTI Photo)

An IAF jawan marches past a C-17 Globemaster plane during the full dress rehearsal for the Air Force Day function at the Hindon air force station in Ghaziabad. (PTI Photo)

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Legendary cricketer and honorary Indian Air Force (IAF) officer Sachin Tendulkar shakes hand with Indian Army chief Dalbir Singh Suhag during the Air Force Day parade at Hindon air force base near New Delhi. (AP Photo)

Legendary cricketer and honorary Indian Air Force (IAF) officer Sachin Tendulkar shakes hand with Indian Army chief Dalbir Singh Suhag during the Air Force Day parade at Hindon air force base near New Delhi. (AP Photo)

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An Indian Air Force SU-30 fighter plane releases flares as it performs during the full-dress rehearsal for Indian Air Force Day at the Hindon air force station, on the outskirts of New Delhi. (Reuters Photo)

An Indian Air Force SU-30 fighter plane releases flares as it performs during the full-dress rehearsal for Indian Air Force Day at the Hindon air force station, on the outskirts of New Delhi. (Reuters Photo)

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Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) of the Indian Air Force's ‘Sarang’ aerobatics team perform during the full dress rehearsal, ahead of 83rd Air Force day on October 8, at Hindon airbase, in Ghaziabad. (Sakib Ali / HT Photo)

Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) of the Indian Air Force's ‘Sarang’ aerobatics team perform during the full dress rehearsal, ahead of 83rd Air Force day on October 8, at Hindon airbase, in Ghaziabad. (Sakib Ali / HT Photo)

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Indian Air Force’s women officers lead a marching contingent during the Indian Air Force Day parade at Hindon air force base near New Delhi. The air chief Marshal Arup Raha announced that the IAF would soon have women fighter pilots. (AP Photo)

Indian Air Force’s women officers lead a marching contingent during the Indian Air Force Day parade at Hindon air force base near New Delhi. The air chief Marshal Arup Raha announced that the IAF would soon have women fighter pilots. (AP Photo)

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Indian Air Force personnel march past during full dress rehearsal conducted early morning, ahead of the Air Force Day parade at the Hindon Air Force Station in Ghaziabad. (Raj K Raj/ HT Photo)

Indian Air Force personnel march past during full dress rehearsal conducted early morning, ahead of the Air Force Day parade at the Hindon Air Force Station in Ghaziabad. (Raj K Raj/ HT Photo)

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Indian Air Force paratroopers of the Akash Ganga team glide in to land during full dress rehearsal for the Air Force Day parade at Hindon air force station, in Ghaziabad. (AFP Photo)

Indian Air Force paratroopers of the Akash Ganga team glide in to land during full dress rehearsal for the Air Force Day parade at Hindon air force station, in Ghaziabad. (AFP Photo)

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Members of the Indian Air Force (IAF) Air Warrior drill team perform during a full dress rehearsal, ahead of 83rd Air Force day on October 8. (Sakib Ali/ HT Photo)

Members of the Indian Air Force (IAF) Air Warrior drill team perform during a full dress rehearsal, ahead of 83rd Air Force day on October 8. (Sakib Ali/ HT Photo)

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School children walk in front of Indian Air Force's transport aircraft C-17 Globemaster, ahead of the Air Force Day parade at the Hindon air force station. (Raj K Raj/ HT Photo)

School children walk in front of Indian Air Force's transport aircraft C-17 Globemaster, ahead of the Air Force Day parade at the Hindon air force station. (Raj K Raj/ HT Photo)

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Indian Air Force soldiers toss their rifles as they perform during the full-dress rehearsal for Indian Air Force Day at the Hindon air force station. (Reuters Photo)

Indian Air Force soldiers toss their rifles as they perform during the full-dress rehearsal for Indian Air Force Day at the Hindon air force station. (Reuters Photo)

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Two MI 17 helicopters of the air force fly-by during the rehearsals conducted before the 83rd anniversary of the Indian Air Force. (Twitter)

Two MI 17 helicopters of the air force fly-by during the rehearsals conducted before the 83rd anniversary of the Indian Air Force. (Twitter)

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IAF planes fly-past during the full dress rehearsal for the Air Force Day function at Air Force Station, Hindon, in Ghaziabad. (PTI Photo)

IAF planes fly-past during the full dress rehearsal for the Air Force Day function at Air Force Station, Hindon, in Ghaziabad. (PTI Photo)

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School children witness the full dress rehearsal of the Indian Air Force day parade, ahead of the 83rd air force day, at Hindon airbase, in Ghaziabad. (Sakib Ali/ HT Photo)

School children witness the full dress rehearsal of the Indian Air Force day parade, ahead of the 83rd air force day, at Hindon airbase, in Ghaziabad. (Sakib Ali/ HT Photo)

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