The Indian Air Force (IAF) is one of the most powerful armed forces in the world that has fought numerous wars as well as effected scores of civilian rescue operations. Keeping in view the current events, let’s get to know a little bit about our valiant Guardians of the Skies!
Indian Air Force was an Auxiliary Air Force of British Empire. The prefix “Royal” was added in 1945 in recognition of its contribution in the WWII. Later after Independence the Royal Indian Air Force served the Dominion of India and since India’s recognition as a Republic country in 1950 the prefix “Royal” was dropped and today the Indian Air Force is the Air Arm of the Indian Armed Forces.
Indian Air Force is the world’s 4th largest Air Arm. It has the responsibility of safeguarding the Indian Territory, providing help during natural calamities to the affected areas and it’s first and foremost responsibility is to secure the Indian airspace and to carry out aerial warfare during conflicts.
Since its inception in 1932, the Indian Air Force has had a remarkable history of achievements. The Indian Air Force has actively involved in the following:
• World War II
• Sino-Indian War
• Operation Cactus
• Operation Vijay
• Kargil War
• Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
• Indo-Pakistani War of 1947
• Congo Crisis
• Operation Poomalai
• Operation Pawan
India Post has issued a number of commemorative stamps honouring the strength and the sacrifices of Indian Air Force. An INR 2 commemorative coin was also released in 2007 to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee of the Indian Force.
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