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Indian Air Force celebrates 89th foundation day

On the occasion of Air Force Day, the IAF put up a scintillating display in the air as a combination of 75 aircraft, drawn from both vintage and modern fleet of the IAF performed skilful manoeuvres in the sky to also mark the platinum jubilee year of India's Independence.(Bloomberg) 9
On the occasion of Air Force Day, the IAF put up a scintillating display in the air as a combination of 75 aircraft, drawn from both vintage and modern fleet of the IAF performed skilful manoeuvres in the sky to also mark the platinum jubilee year of India's Independence.(Bloomberg)
Published on Oct 08, 2021 09:46 PM IST
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  • The Indian Air Force is celebrating its 89th anniversary today, September 8. The IAF was established on October 8, 1932, in undivided India which was under colonial rule.

Air Force Day: From Rafale to Chinook, how India displayed its arsenal today

On the 89th anniversary of Air Force Day, India honoured the unsung heroes of the 1971 war that led to the creation of Bangladesh.
Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel march past as IAF helicopters perform an air display during 89th foundation day of the force, at Hindan Airbase in Ghaziabad.(PTI Photo/Kamal Kishore)
Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel march past as IAF helicopters perform an air display during 89th foundation day of the force, at Hindan Airbase in Ghaziabad.(PTI Photo/Kamal Kishore)
Published on Oct 08, 2021 01:17 PM IST
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Written by Sharmita Kar | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Air Force Day: Paratroopers re-enact 1971 Tangail airdrop as celebrations begin

The 2021 Air Force Day parade is being held as a tribute to the heroes of the 1971 war, which saw India defeat Pakistan, and led to the birth of Bangladesh. Rafale, Tejas, Jaguar, MiG-29 and Mirage 2000 have also been included in the celebration.
One of the three paratroopers is seen landing at the Hindon Air Force base during 89th IAF Day celebrations.(ANI Photo)
One of the three paratroopers is seen landing at the Hindon Air Force base during 89th IAF Day celebrations.(ANI Photo)
Published on Oct 08, 2021 09:40 AM IST
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News updates from HT: On Air Force Day, PM Modi salutes spirit of ‘air warriors’

Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Indian Air Force's Sukhoi 30 plane.(PTI Photo)
Indian Air Force's Sukhoi 30 plane.(PTI Photo)
Published on Oct 08, 2021 08:58 AM IST
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Air Force Day: PM Modi salutes the humanitarian spirit of ‘air warriors’

The Indian Air Force marks its 89th foundation day on Friday; October 8 is annually marked as IAF Day or Air Force Day to celebrate the foundation of the air wing of the Indian Armed Forces.
This year on Air Force Day, three units of the IAF will also receive the prestigious Chief of Air Staff Unit citation. (Photo via @narendramodi on Twitter)
This year on Air Force Day, three units of the IAF will also receive the prestigious Chief of Air Staff Unit citation. (Photo via @narendramodi on Twitter)
Published on Oct 08, 2021 08:28 AM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Balakot reflects shift in govt’s counterterror policy: IAF chief

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah also appreciated the IAF’s contributions.
The Air Warriors Drill Team display their skills(Ajay Aggarwal/HT)
The Air Warriors Drill Team display their skills(Ajay Aggarwal/HT)
Updated on Oct 09, 2019 12:17 AM IST
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‘Major shift in govt’s way of handling terrorism’: IAF Chief RKS Bhadauria

The IAF had recently released a promotional video showcasing the story of airstrike Balakot in February this year. The video tweeted by news agency Asian News International showed several aircraft targeting and destroying the terrorist bases.
RKS Bhadauria took charge last month as the 26th chief of the Indian Air Force.(Ajay Aggarwal/Hindustan Times)
RKS Bhadauria took charge last month as the 26th chief of the Indian Air Force.(Ajay Aggarwal/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jul 07, 2020 04:53 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Apache copters, Sukhoi-MKI, paratroopers: What to expect at IAF Day celebrations

The aircraft that will take to skies on Tuesday on the occasion of the IAF Day include the newly-acquired Apache attack helicopters and the Chinook heavy-lift helicopters, another new entrant in the force.
Indian Air Force's Sarang aerobatics team during the full dress rehearsal ahead of the 87th Air Force Day at Hindon air base in Ghaziabad, on Sunday, October 6, 2019.(Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)
Indian Air Force's Sarang aerobatics team during the full dress rehearsal ahead of the 87th Air Force Day at Hindon air base in Ghaziabad, on Sunday, October 6, 2019.(Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 08, 2019 09:16 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

87th Air Force Day: PM Modi, Rajnath Singh tweet their gratitude ahead of flypast

The day is also significant for the air force as defence minister Rajnath Singh will officially receive the first Rafale combat aircraft in France.
Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria will attend the grand flypast as the IAF will showcase its Apache attack helicopters and Chinook heavy-lift helicopters for the first time since they were acquired from the US in the last few months.(ANI FILE)
Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria will attend the grand flypast as the IAF will showcase its Apache attack helicopters and Chinook heavy-lift helicopters for the first time since they were acquired from the US in the last few months.(ANI FILE)
Updated on Oct 08, 2019 08:59 AM IST
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Sukhoi-30 salutes Air Force chief in vertical Charlie manoeuvre at Hindon ahead of Air Force Day

“#AFDay19: As the Indian Air Force prepares to celebrate the 87th anniversary of its birth, the Air-warriors of IAF are getting ready for the ceremonial parade as part of celebrations at Air Force Station Hindan,” IAF tweeted.
Boeing C-17 Transport Aircraft being flanked by two IAF Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighters during the full dress rehearsal ahead of the 87th Air Force Day at The Air Force Station at Hindon in Ghaziabad.(Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)
Boeing C-17 Transport Aircraft being flanked by two IAF Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighters during the full dress rehearsal ahead of the 87th Air Force Day at The Air Force Station at Hindon in Ghaziabad.(Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 06, 2019 05:56 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByAsian News International

President Kovind, PM Modi, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi hail air warriors on 86th Air Force Day

The Indian Air Force which was officially established on this day in 1932, is putting on an air show at Air Force Station Hindon in Uttar Pradesh to mark the IAF Day on Monday.
Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel during the full dress rehearsal for the 86th Air Force Day Parade 2018, at Hindon Air Force base in Ghaziabad, on Saturday, October 06, 2018.(Sakib Ali / HT Photo)
Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel during the full dress rehearsal for the 86th Air Force Day Parade 2018, at Hindon Air Force base in Ghaziabad, on Saturday, October 06, 2018.(Sakib Ali / HT Photo)
Published on Oct 08, 2018 12:34 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByIndo Asian News Service

PM Modi hails Indian Air Force for its contribution in disaster relief operations

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reminisced the contribution of the Indian Air Force in various wars from 1947 until now in context with the upcoming Air Force Day which is celebrated on October 8 to commemorate its inception in 1932.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday hailed the Indian Air Force (IAF) for protecting the nation during wars and for its contribution towards disaster relief operations.(ANI/Twitter)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday hailed the Indian Air Force (IAF) for protecting the nation during wars and for its contribution towards disaster relief operations.(ANI/Twitter)
Published on Sep 30, 2018 01:51 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByIndo Asian News Service

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The book looks at the most commonplace things and incidents with a meditative eye, subtly through interesting, entertaining personal stories and accounts.
A Crackerjack Life is a collection of personal stories and anecdotes.
A Crackerjack Life is a collection of personal stories and anecdotes.
Updated on Jun 16, 2018 04:27 PM IST
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