IAF celebrates Foundation Day



CELEBRATING its 89th anniversary, the Indian Air Force on Friday put up a dazzling show with 75 aircraft, drawn from its vintage and modern fleet, performing skilful manoeuvres also marking the platinum jubilee year of India's Independence.

The air show at the Hindon airbase under the Western Command located near Loni Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh showcased Dakota, Dornier, LCA Tejas and Rafale fighter jets among other aircraft.

Some of the sorties performed were a nod to the country's victory in the 1971 war. A total of 75 aircraft took part in the air show. The number is significant as it marks the 75th year of India's Independence. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday extended greetings on Air Force Day and said the Indian Air Force is synonymous with courage, diligence and professionalism. 

The Indian Air Force was founded on this day in 1932.

In a tweet, Modi said, "Greetings to our air warriors and their families on Air Force Day. The Indian Air Force is synonymous with courage, diligence and professionalism. They have distinguished themselves in defending the country through their humanitarian spirit in times of challenges."