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Indian Air Force puts up a grand show on 85th anniversary

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    On 85th anniversary, Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa with legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar attend celebrations at Hindon Air Force base on October 8

  • IAF 85th anniversary, IAF celebrations, Air Force, Indian Air Force, IAF, Air Force Day, IAS chief Dhanoa, IAF helicopter, B S Dhanoa, Hindon Air Force base, Indian Air Force celebrations
    Sachin Tendulkar, captain of IAF, talks with Army Chief General Bipin Rawat

    India began to celebrate Air Force day on October 8, 1932, as an auxiliary air force of Indian Empire

    IAF has its prime responsibility of securing the Indian airspace as well as to carry out the aerial warfare during any clash

  • IAF 85th anniversary, IAF celebrations, Air Force, Indian Air Force, IAF, Air Force Day, IAS chief Dhanoa, IAF helicopter, B S Dhanoa, Hindon Air Force base, Indian Air Force celebrations

    'Surya Kiran' is an aerobatics demonstration team of the Indian Air Force. They performed several heart-stopping mid-air manoeuvres by flying over C-17 Globemaster III

  • IAF 85th anniversary, IAF celebrations, Air Force, Indian Air Force, IAF, Air Force Day, IAS chief Dhanoa, IAF helicopter, B S Dhanoa, Hindon Air Force base, Indian Air Force celebrations
    IAF personnel stretch near C-17 Globemaster III before the parade

    IAF is aiming to significantly upgrade its combat capabilities by inducting 100 single-engine fighters in its squadrons

  • IAF 85th anniversary, IAF celebrations, Air Force, Indian Air Force, IAF, Air Force Day, IAS chief Dhanoa, IAF helicopter, B S Dhanoa, Hindon Air Force base, Indian Air Force celebrations
    IAF personnel near Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter plane take part in parade on the 85th Air Force Day parade

    IAF presented an impressive parade with its jets and helicopters giving a glimpse of the force's lethal strike capability

    IAF is the fourth-largest air force in the world with approximately 170,000 personnel and 1,500 aircrafts

  • IAF 85th anniversary, IAF celebrations, Air Force, Indian Air Force, IAF, Air Force Day, IAS chief Dhanoa, IAF helicopter, B S Dhanoa, Hindon Air Force base, Indian Air Force celebrations
    B S Dhanoa inspects guard of honour

    Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa said security at all Air Force stations has been strengthened to combat any threat if need arises

  • IAF 85th anniversary, IAF celebrations, Air Force, Indian Air Force, IAF, Air Force Day, IAS chief Dhanoa, IAF helicopter, B S Dhanoa, Hindon Air Force base, Indian Air Force celebrations
    IAF Force C-17 Globemaster III (C) and SU-30 planes

    IAF is the only air force that operates C-17 Globemaster III, C-130J Super Hercules, and Il-76 – the three largest transport aircrafts

  • IAF 85th anniversary, IAF celebrations, Air Force, Indian Air Force, IAF, Air Force Day, IAS chief Dhanoa, IAF helicopter, B S Dhanoa, Hindon Air Force base, Indian Air Force celebrations
    From left: Bipin Rawat, Sachin Tendulkar, B S Dhanoa and others

    IAF remains committed to building a "joint manship" with the Indian Army and the Navy, said Dhanoa

  • IAF 85th anniversary, IAF celebrations, Air Force, Indian Air Force, IAF, Air Force Day, IAS chief Dhanoa, IAF helicopter, B S Dhanoa, Hindon Air Force base, Indian Air Force celebrations
    IAF's 'Sarang' helicopter aerobatic team

    'Sarang' is the helicopter display team of IAF. The name, Sarang, is symbolic as it is the national bird of India. It was inducted as number 151 Helicopter Unit in 2005

  • IAF 85th anniversary, IAF celebrations, Air Force, Indian Air Force, IAF, Air Force Day, IAS chief Dhanoa, IAF helicopter, B S Dhanoa, Hindon Air Force base, Indian Air Force celebrations

    The air display was blooming with flag bearing skydivers of famous AKASH GANGA team dropping out of AN-32 aircraft in their colourful canopies

  • IAF 85th anniversary, IAF celebrations, Air Force, Indian Air Force, IAF, Air Force Day, IAS chief Dhanoa, IAF helicopter, B S Dhanoa, Hindon Air Force base, Indian Air Force celebrations
    From left: Bipin Rawat, Sachin Tendulkar, B S Dhanoa and others during the 85th Air Force Day parade

    The first three women fighter pilots of the country are set to script history next month by flying the MiG-21 Bison jets

    Dhoanoa indicated that after honing their skills in flying Mig 21 Bisons, the three women can fly other jets

  • IAF 85th anniversary, IAF celebrations, Air Force, Indian Air Force, IAF, Air Force Day, IAS chief Dhanoa, IAF helicopter, B S Dhanoa, Hindon Air Force base, Indian Air Force celebrations
    BS Dhanoa addresses newsmen after the 85th Air Force Day parade at Hindon Air Force base

    Dhanoa also paid a glowing tribute to Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh, who passed away last month, calling his demise a tragic loss for the force

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