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Air Force Day celebrations begin with a re-enactment of the 1971 Tangail airdrop by paratroopers

Air Force Day celebrations begin with a re-enactment of the 1971 Tangail airdrop by paratroopers

The Indian Air Force (IAF) started the celebrations for its 89th raising day, when the force was founded. The celebrations are taking place at the Hindon Air Force Station in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.

Three paratroopers were seen flying down from the sky with the Indian Tricolor and the IAF flag. This was a recreation of the Tangail airdrop operation, which took place during the 1971 war. Three paratroopers, including one from the Army, jumped from a vintage Dakota transport plane in a re-enactment of the famous operation.

Air Force Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari inspected the parade on the airbase's 89th anniversary. On the occasion, he also presented the Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to officers. General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Admiral Karambir Singh, and Chief of Army Staff General MM Naravane also attended the 89th Air Force Day parade at Hindon airbase.

The IAF was founded on October 8, 1932, as a support force for the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom. When India became a republic in 1950, the prefix Royal was dropped, and the force was renamed the Royal Indian Air Force. The Indian Air Force (IAF) is the country's air force and the world's fourth largest. It is led by an Air Chief Marshal (ACM), and the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces is the President of India.

President Ram Nath Kovind wished the IAF warriors and other officials on the force's raising day. "Greetings to air warriors, veterans & their families on Air Force Day. Nation is proud of the Indian Air Force which has proved its competency & capability time & again during peace & war. I'm sure IAF will continue to maintain its cherished standards of excellence," he said on Twitter.

The 2021 IAF Day parade will honour the heroes of the 1971 war, which saw India defeat Pakistan and result in the birth of Bangladesh. Rafale, Tejas, Jaguar, MiG-29, and Mirage 2000 are also part of the celebration, and will fly together over the march past. The Meghna formation will also be performed by Mi-17 and Chinook helicopters.

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