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89th Air Force Day: Parade Commemorates 1971 War Victory

The flypast included heritage aircraft, modern transport aircraft and frontline fighter aircraft. 

Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter aerobatic team ‘Sarang’ perform during an air display on the occasion of 89th foundation day of the force, at Hindan Airbase in Ghaziabad. (PTI Photo)

Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh): The 89th Air Force Day parade commenced at Hindon Air Base in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad. The air display started with flag bearing skydivers of the famous AKASH GANGA Team dropping out of AN-32 aircraft in their colorful canopies. The flypast included heritage aircraft, modern transport aircraft and frontline fighter aircraft. 

The ceremony concluded with a spellbinding aerobatic display. Indian Air Force (IAF) chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh, Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane and CDS General Bipin Rawat were present at the event. The IAF was established on October 8, 1932, in undivided India which was under colonial rule. It was given the prefix “Royal” by King George VI for its contribution during the Second World War. The prefix was later dropped in 1950 when India became a republic.

IAF chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari presented the Vayu Sena Medal – Gallantry to officers on 89th Air Force Day, at Hindon airbase on Friday. On the occasion of 89th Air Force Day, fighter jets Sukhoi Su-30 and Rafale put up an air display at the Hindon airbase.

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