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Air Force Day 2021: Celebrating The Guardians Of The Skies

08 October,2021  |  By Brainwonders

In 1932, the Indian Air Unit was founded as a support force for the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is celebrating its 89th anniversary of formation today at the Air Force Station in Hindon with a traditional Air Force Day Parade and investiture ceremony on Air Force Day 2021. This year- just like every year, the IAF has been practising for its mega day. One can see them in full preparation mode at Jiwana - Karawal Nagar - Afjalpur - Shamli - Wazirpur Bridge - Chandinagar - Hapur - Philkua - Ghaziabad - Hindon. The Indian Air Force Day Celebrations 2021 will commence at 8 a.m. with a flypast and flag-bearing sky diving. The show will end at 10:52 a.m. with a "spellbinding aerobatic display," according to a press statement from the Ministry of Defence.

On Indian Air Force Day 2021, here are some facts about the Indian Air Force (IAF).
  1. The Indian Air Force (IAF) is the world's fourth-largest operational air force, trailing only the United States, Russia, and China.
  2. As of July 1st, 2017, it had over 1,39,576 active personnel and 1,40,000 reserve personnel. It also has over 1850 aircraft.
  3. In relief operations, the IAF has always been more active than any other force. It was present during the Gujarat cyclone (1998), the Tsunami (2004), and the floods in Northern India.
  4. In fact, the IAF holds an impressive record for rescuing approximately 20,000 people during the Uttarakhand floods during operation 'Raahat.'
  5. Marshal of the Indian Air Force is the highest rank in the Indian Air Force, and it is bestowed by the President of India in recognition of exceptional service to the nation during both peace and wartime. Arjan Singh, MIAF, is the sole holder of this rank.
  6. The Chief of the Air Force, who holds the rank of Air Chief Marshal, leads the Indian Air Force. The next ranks are Air Marshal, Air Vice Marshal, Air Commodore, Group Captain, Wing Commander, Squadron Leader, Flight Lieutenant, and Flight Officer, followed by Junior Commissioned and Non-Commissioned Ranks.
How to become an Air force officer in India:

On this occasion of Indian Air Force Day 2021, let us look at how you can become an Air force officer in India.

It is a very engaging and exciting profession. Aside from flying, one must handle hundreds of people at base camp, as well as high-level strategy and techniques. During disaster situations, they go further and carry food and essential supplies. There are certain criteria that need to be followed for becoming an AirForce officer.

Eligibility: Air force can be joined by passing the following eligibility criteria.

  1. One way to enter the Air Force in India is through the National Defence Academy which is in Pune. The exam is held twice a year. 3 Major services are trained by NDA, Pune.
  2. NCC Air wing senior Div C certificate is required to be considered for becoming Air Force Officer. This is another way to join the Indian Air Force.
  3. To become technical officers in the Air Force, there is another exam that is required to pass. This exam is called the Combined Defence Services Exam- CDSE. There is another one, exclusively for the Air Force, which is AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test). A bachelor’s degree is required for appearing for both.
How to become a pilot in Air Force in India :

On this Air Force Day 2021, let us take a look at how to become an airforce pilot in India:

Candidates can apply for a Short Service Commission (SSC) in the Flying Branch through the Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT). The Flying branch's Short Service Commission is for 14 years and will not be extended. Candidates must have a minimum of 60 percent in maths and physics at the 10+2 level. Graduates (a three-year programme) or BE/B Tech (four-year programme) in any discipline from a recognised university with a minimum of 60% or equivalent are also required.

How to join the airforce after B.Tech:

On this Air Force Day 2021 let us check how to join the Air Force after B.Tech:

Following are the ways to join the Air Force after completion of B.Tech.

Combined Defence Services (CDS):

It is one of the most fundamental and important modes of entry into the flying branch of defence. After graduation, you can take this exam to obtain a permanent commission in the air force. This mode of entry, however, is strictly limited to men. You are eligible for the exam if you are an unmarried, male Indian citizen between the ages of 20 and 24 (at the time the course begins). To take the exam, you must also have a B. Tech graduation certificate or be a final year/semester student with Physics and Mathematics at the 10+2 level.

NCC Special Entry mode:

B. Tech students must have 60 per cent marks in Mathematics and Physics at the 10+2 level, and they must be pursuing or have completed Engineering from a recognised university with at least 60 per cent marks. Students who have passed Section A&B of the Associate Membership examinations of the Institute of Engineers (India) or the Aeronautical Society of India with a minimum of 60% marks are also eligible.

Short Service Commission (SSC) entry procedure:

The criteria for this exam is similar to the above exam NCC Special Entry Exam.

India's aircraft inventory includes aircraft from Russia, the United Kingdom, France, Israel, America, and India, with Russia accounting for the majority of them. However, the exact number of aircraft and equipment in the IAF cannot be determined using publicly available data.

However, international estimates place the number at around 1850, with over 900 combat-capable aircraft available.

About Indian Air Force:

The Indian Air Force was founded in 1932 as a support force for the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom, with its first squadron entering service a year later. Once World War II, the prefix 'Royal' was introduced to the IAF, but it was removed after the Indian Republic was formed in 1950. From six RAF-trained officers and 19 Hawai Sepoys to the world's fourth-largest force, the IAF has grown to become the world's fourth-largest force. Air Force Day had been held at Palam for decades until 2005-06. Due to air traffic concerns, it was relocated to the Hindon Air Force facility near Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. Two transport aircraft squadrons and a helicopter unit are stationed at the site. The subject for the event in 2020 was "untiring efforts and great sacrifices of its troops," whereas the theme for 2019 was "know your Air Force."

IAF Day Celebrations:

A parade of men and women officers takes place at the IAF's Hindon facility. It also includes a ceremony during which the Chief of Air Staff pins medals to the recipients' uniforms. The ceremony is typically attended by a large number of serving and former officers, as well as their families. Air Force Day is commemorated by a multitude of events held across the country at various stations, many of which feature IAF veterans from the area. Celebrations in several sections of the country were cancelled in 2020 owing to limitations imposed in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

IAF Vision and Motto:

The IAF's mission is to protect Indian airspace and engage in aerial combat during times of war. The Bhagavad Gita inspired its motto, 'Nabham Sparsham Deeptham,' which translates to 'Touch the Sky with Glory.' Apart from flying the flag in missions such as Operation Poomalai. The IAF has always come to the aid of its citizens during natural disasters, such as Operation Vijay and Operation Meghdoot.

The IAF currently operates seven combat aircraft types:

Dassault Rafale, MiG-29, HAL Tejas, MiG-21 Bison, Mirage-2000, SEPECAT Jaguar, and Sukhoi Su-30MKI. It is also served by helicopters such as the Boeing AH-64 Apache and the CH-47 Chinook, as well as transport aircraft such as the Ilyushin Il-76, the C-130J Super Hercules, and the Boeing C-17.

Concerning the Quiz Competition:

In light of this, on the occasion of the 86th Indian Air Force Day, the Society of Quiz is organising a Quiz Competition with the theme "Know your Forces.". The Indian Air Force not only protects Indian territory and national interests from all threats but also aids in natural disasters. As a result, the day is observed to honour and recognise our jawans' and the entire force's selfless efforts.

On the occasion of the 86th Indian Air Force Day, the Society of Quiz is organising a Quiz Competition with the theme 'Know your Forces.'

On this Air Force Day 2021, we urge you to join the Indian Air Force and be part of the bravery- which can soar the skies.

Happy Air Force Day


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