New Delhi: Highlighting the “untiring efforts and supreme sacrifices” made by its personnel, the Indian Air Force is celebrating its 86th anniversary on Monday by holding a grand parade-cum-investiture ceremony at the Air Force Station at Hindon in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad. October 8 commemorates the official foundation day of the force.
The parade will be followed by an air display and acrobatics by the Air Force’s various aircraft, including Jaguar, Bison, MiG-29, Mirage-2000 and SU-30 MKI fighter jets and Rudra helicoptors. Following the parade, visitors can also witness static display of aircraft, weapon, radar and missiles systems of the Indian Air Force, news agency IANS reported.
Earlier on Sunday, as part of 86th anniversary, the IAF organised an 8 km cross-country run with approximately 500 air warriors and a cycle rally with 100 children in Jammu.
On Air Force Day, President Ram Nath Kovind, PM Narendra Modi, celebrities and commoners took to twitter to thank the IAF personnel and their families for guarding our skies.
Check out some tweets:
A grateful nation salutes our valorous air warriors and their families on Air Force Day. They keep our skies safe and are at the forefront of serving humanity in times of disasters. Proud of the Indian Air Force! pic.twitter.com/7zpdzotATS
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 8, 2018
On Air Force Day, we proudly honour our air warriors, veterans, and families of the Indian Air Force. They safeguard our skies with courage and commitment. The resilience, tenacity and zeal of our valiant air warriors is a source of pride for every Indian #PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) October 8, 2018
On #AirForceDay I salute the brave men and women of the Indian Airforce. Their valour and commitment is an inspiration for all Indians. Jai Hind.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) October 8, 2018
— VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) October 8, 2018
On Air Force Day, I extend my greetings to our air force personnel and their families.
Their bravery and commitment to serve the motherland is unparalleled. It is because of their dedication and courage that we are among the top air force in the world. pic.twitter.com/hQEUFdWN9Y
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) October 8, 2018
Greetings on #AirForceDay .
नभः स्पृशं दीप्तम् (Touch the Sky with Glory).
Wishing @IAF_MCC , Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal BS Dhanoa, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, VM, ADC and all officers and air warriors on this day. You are inheritors of a great history and you do us proud.
— Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) October 8, 2018
— CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) October 8, 2018
Their valour has changed the course of many wars & history. They have been amongst the first ones to reach out with a helping hand in times of disasters & calamities.
— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) October 8, 2018
— Vijay Rupani (@vijayrupanibjp) October 8, 2018
From protecting the nation's skies to countless search & rescue ops during disasters, they have lived valiantly by their motto of "नभः स्पृशं दीप्तम्“
We are proud of the #IndianAirForce!
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) October 8, 2018
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) October 8, 2018
On the occasion of the 86th Indian Air Force Day, I salute our courageous and selfless Indian Air Force fraternity. Their dedication and prowess ensure that our skies are safe. #IndianAirForceDay pic.twitter.com/oh10Ipk3D3
— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) October 8, 2018
Celebrating the warriors,Women and Men,of the #IndianAirForce who put their lives on the line to protect the country. We are forever indebted to you. #AirForceDay #Salute 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/fBHb4ux0zv
— Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) October 8, 2018
“Sleep Well My Motherland🇮🇳”
Heartfelt greetings to all fellow Air Warriors & their families on #AirForceDay 🌺🙏#IndianAirForce ‘s valour, dedication,selfless service and sacrifices will always remain source of pride & inspiration for the entire nation.
Jai Hind 🇮🇳 @IAF_MCC pic.twitter.com/kMYaOVIXKd
— Maj Surendra Poonia,VSM (@MajorPoonia) October 8, 2018
#AirForceDay 🇮🇳🇮🇳we are proud of
our army as we can feel safe
because we know they are always
ready to protect us.🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳#IndianAirForce
Touch the Sky with Glory
"Jai Hind" pic.twitter.com/qPGnuhj0Hr
— Karuna tyagi (@i_am_karuna) October 8, 2018
I salute to the boss of sky, #IndianAirForce on the celebrations of 86th anniversary today. My best wishes to ex-soldiers and special tribute to martyrs on the occasion of #AirForceDay. pic.twitter.com/iXSO3qHQcO
— Pankaj Jha (@pjha83) October 8, 2018
Happy Airforce day!! TOUCH THE SKY WITH GLORY! ! Salute to the Brave heart airwarriors who safeguard our airspace and integrity of mother India..Jay Hind!! #IndianAirForceDay #IndianAirForce #airwarriors pic.twitter.com/RKctANamAF
— Pradeep Sinh Chavda (@Pradeepchavda) October 8, 2018