Indian Air Force Day:
Indian Air Force Day is celebrated on October 8 every year.
- The day aims to pay a tribute to the Air Force of India and acknowledge their contribution for a successful nation.
- As a part of the 90th anniversary celebration, nearly 80 military aircraft and helicopters participated in the Air Force Day fly-past on October 8 at the Sukhna Lake complex, Chandigarh.
- It is for the first time that the IAF decided to hold its annual Air Force Day parade and fly-past outside the Delhi NCR.
- On October 8, 1932, the former British Empire established the IAF.
- It was created to support the British Royal Air Force, particularly against Japan in World War II.
- The IAF was used to attack Japanese bases in Burma in order to stop the Japanese army’s advance toward India.
- King George VI gave the IAF’s accomplishments the prefix “Royal” in 1945.
- This honorific title was dropped in 1950, when India became a republic.