Air Force Day is celebrated every year on 8 October. This year, the Air Force will celebrate its 88th Foundation Day. The Air Force was established on 8 October 1932, that is why Indian Air Force Day is celebrated every year on 8 October. On this day, the Air Force organizes grand parades and air shows. Before independence, the Air Force was called the Royal Indian Air Force (RIAF). On 1 April 1933, the first squadron of the Air Force was formed which included 6 RAF-Trend Officers and 19 airmen. The Indian Air Force played an important role in the Second World War. After independence, the word “Royal” was removed from it to just “Indian Airforce“.
- Air Force Day is celebrated every year on 8 October.
- The Air Force was established on 8 October 1932.
- Before independence, the Air Force was called the Royal Indian Air Force.
Air Marshal Sir Thomas W. Elmhurst was the first Chief of the Airforce
Before independence, the army used to control the air force. The credit for ‘liberating’ the Airforce from the Army goes to Air Marshal Sir Thomas W. Elmhurst. After Independence, Air Marshal Sir Thomas W. Elmhurst was made the first Chief of the Indian Air Force. He remained in this post from 15 August 1947 to 22 February 1950.
The motto of the Indian Air
Force is derived from the Gita: The motto of the Indian Air Force is taken from the eleventh chapter of the Bhagavad-Gita and is a part of the sermon given by Lord Shri Krishna to Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra during the Great War of Mahabharata. The motto of the Indian Air Force is – ‘Nabhah Sparsham Diptam Means “Touch the sky with glory”.
Indian Air Force Flag
The Air Force flag, distinct from the Air Force logo, is blue in colour with the national flag in the first quarter and a circle (circular shape) made up of the three colours of the national flag in the middle, namely saffron, white and green. This flag was adopted in 1951.