Indian Air Force Day

Air Force Day is observed every year on 8 October. The Air Force was established on 8 October 1932, which is why Indian Air Force Day is celebrated every year on 8 October. On this day, the Air Force organizes grand parades and air shows. Before independence, the Air Force was called the Royal Indian Air Force (RIAF).

On 1 April 1933, the first squad of the Air Force was formed, which included 6 RAF-trend officers and 19 airmen. The Indian Air Force played an important role in the Second World War. After independence, the word “Royal” was removed from it to just “Indian Airforce”.

Sir Thomas W. Elmhurst was the first Chief of the Airforce, Air Marshal

Before independence, the army used to control the air force. The credit for ‘liberating’ the Air Force from the Army goes to Air Marshal Sir Thomas W. Elmhurst, the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Airforce. Sir Thomas W. Elmhurst was made the first Chief of the Indian Air Force, Air Marshal after independence. He remained in this post from 15 August 1947 to 22 February 1950.

The motto of the Indian Air Force is derived from the Gita

The motto of the Indian Air Force is taken from the eleventh chapter of the Gita and is a part of the sermon given by Lord Shri Krishna to Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra during the Great War of Mahabharata. The motto of the Indian Air Force is – ‘Nabh: Sprishnam Deeptam’.

Indian Air Force Flag

The Air Force flag, distinct from the Air Force mark, is blue in color with the national flag in the first quarter and a circle (circular shape) made up of three colors of the national flag in the middle, namely saffron, white and green. This flag was adopted in 1951.

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