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The Indian Air Force or (IAF) is the air arm and a key component of the Indian armed forces that is essential to the nation’s military efforts. Its main duty is to protect Indian airspace and carry out aerial operations when there are military confrontations between nations.

Every year on October 8, India celebrates Indian Air Force Day in remembrance of the day in 1932 when the Indian Air Force was formally established as the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom’s supporting force. At the Hindon Air Force Station in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, Indian Air Force Day is observed annually. Senior officers from the three armed forces and the IAF head attend the celebrations.

Since gaining independence, the Indian Air Force has fought in numerous conflicts, including four wars with Pakistan and one with the People’s Republic of China.It is interesting to note that the Indian Air Force not only defends Indian territory and national interests from dangers, but also offers assistance when natural disasters strike the nation. As a result, the day is observed to recognise and honour the selfless work of our jawans and the entire force.