The Indian Air Force (IAF) which was established in 1932, observed its 88th anniversary on Thursday with a ceremonial parade and a flypast involving a variety of aircraft at the Hindon base in Ghaziabad.
Honouring the air warriors and veterans, President Ram Nath Kovind said, “On Air Force Day, we proudly honour our air warriors, veterans, and families of the Indian Air Force. The nation remains indebted to the contribution of the IAF in securing our skies and assisting civil authorities in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief.”
“The ongoing process of modernisation with induction of Rafale, Apache and Chinook will transform the IAF into an even more formidable strategic force. Confident that in the years to come, the Indian Air Force will continue to maintain its high standards of commitment & competence,” President Kovind added.
Congratulating the brave warriors of IAF, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Many congratulations to all the brave warriors of the Indian Air Force on Air Force Day. You not only keep the skies of the country safe but also play a leading role in the service of humanity in times of disaster. Your courage, valour and dedication to protect Maa Bharti is inspiring everyone.”
Wishing IAF on this day, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, “My felicitations and best wishes to the air warriors and their families on the occasion of Air Force Day-2020. Eighty eight years of dedication, sacrifice and excellence mark the journey of the IAF which is today a lethal and formidable force to reckon with. The Nation is proud of its men and women in blue and salutes the prowess of the IAF as it stands ready to face challenges and deter adversaries. We remain committed to enhancement of IAF’s combat capability through modernisation and indigenisation.”
“I am confident that the IAF will always guard the Nation’s skies, come what may. Here’s wishing you blue skies and happy landings always,” Rajnath added.