Key Highlights of Indian Air Force Day 2019

Today is the day when the Indian Air Force (IAF) celebrates its 87th birth anniversary. The podium saw the Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria today addressing the IAF personnel and their families in an event at Hindon Air Force Station in Ghaziabad.

Air Chief’s Address

As the event commenced with Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria taking the salute, he also honoured various Indian Air Force personnel addressing the nation of IAF’s seamless promise and effort.

We are always prepared for all contingencies since the IAF provided relief and rescue operations during contingencies. Improved training methodology for pilots and technicians are in function while duty will remain combat worthy,” said IAF Chief.

 He also mentioned that there is a need to focus on indigenous design and manufacture. He assured of promoting Indian firms in fleet assistance while all organs of IAF work with synergy.

“Indian Air Force is grateful for the nation's trust and confidence in us and the support provided."On behalf of all air warriors, I assure the nation of our sacred resolve, defending the sovereignty of our skies and safeguarding our national interest at all cost," said Air Force chief.

Major Events

Quoting the oath of serving with integrity at all times, Mr. Bhadauria applauded the agility and alertness of IAF at all times amid the present security environment in the neighbourhood. However, this day is not just remarkable or significant for the 87th birth anniversary, but the nation has been gasping with excitement at Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to take delivery of India’s brand new multi-role fighter jet Rafale in France today.

Hon'ble Presence

Drooling back to the Hindon event, several IAF transport planes, helicopters and fighter jets participated in a flypast with Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria at the helm. Also, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat was in attendance at the event while the cricket legend and honorary Group Captain Sachin Tendulkar too marked his presence at the Air Station. He was accompanied by his wife Anjali Tendulkar.

Wing Commander Abhinandan

 While the politicians and popular faces took this to twitter, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman who shot down a PAF F-16 during a dogfight on Feb 27 earlier this year, led the ‘MiG formation’ and flew a MiG Bison aircraft at the Air Base today.


Three Mirage 2000 aircraft and two Su-300 MKI fighter aircraft flew in the sky in the ‘Avenger Formation.’

The planes have been flown by pilots who took part in destroying the Balakot camps and the Air Fighter Pilots who took part in Balakot air strikes assembled in the parade marking their tribute to the teams that carried out the strike on February 26 and shot down the Pakistani aerial attack on February 27.

Visuals of Chinook aircraft in the flypast were captured by the spectators while many other aircrafts and choppers took part in the event.

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