In Pictures: 88th Air Force Day Celebrated

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88th Air Force Day celebrations - Aviatorsbuzz
88th Air Force Day celebrations. Source: IAF

The Indian Air Force (IAF) Day on Thursday observed its 88th anniversary. On the occasion, a scintillating air display by various aircraft will be the hallmark of the Air Force Day Parade cum Investiture Ceremony at Air Force Station Hindan, Ghaziabad, near Delhi.

88th Air Force Day Celebrated - Aviatorsbuzz
88th Air Force Day celebrations. Source: IAF

IAF’s frontline warplanes like Rafale, Su-30MKI, Apache, Tejas, ‘Gajraj’ showcased their lethal firepower.

88th Air Force Day Celebrated - Aviatorsbuzz
88th Air Force Day celebrations. Source: IAF

Fifty six aircraft, including 19 fighter jets and seven transport aircraft along with 19 helicopters, took part in aerial display, according to a media release by the IAF.

88th Air Force Day Celebrated - Aviatorsbuzz
88th Air Force Day celebrations. Source: IAF

The Rafale fighter aircraft flew in the ‘Vijay’ formation along with the Jaguars and then in the ‘Transformer’ formation with the Sukhoi-30 MKI and Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas fighter aircraft.

88th Air Force Day Celebrated - Aviatorsbuzz
88th Air Force Day celebrations. Source: IAF

The IAF, which was founded on October 8, 1932, has participated in several crucial wars and landmark missions. It was officially established as an auxiliary air force of the British Empire which honoured India’s aviation service during World War II with the prefix Royal.

88th Air Force Day Celebrated - Aviatorsbuzz
88th Air Force Day celebrations. Source: IAF

After India gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1947, the name Royal Indian Air Force was kept and served in the name of Dominion of India. With the government’s transition to a Republic in 1950, the prefix Royal was removed.

88th Air Force Day Celebrated - Aviatorsbuzz
88th Air Force Day celebrations. Source: IAF