INDIAN AIR FORCE
The Indian Air Force took off as a tiny fleet with four Westland Wapiti army co-operative by-planes, six RAF trained officers, and 19 Hawai Sepoys on 8 October 1932. At present, it is the 4th largest Air Force in the world along with a highly technical and skilled fighting force that safeguards our skies against enemies.
A glance at the history that will help us understand the glorious years of our legendary Air Force.
THE INDIAN AIR FORCE
“TOUCH THE SKY WITH GLORY”
On 8 October 1932, the Indian Air Force came into being, and on 1st April 1954 Air Marshal Subroto Mukherjee, one of the founding members of the Air Force took over as the first Indian Chief of Air Staff. Meanwhile, it witnessed the most ferocious war in the history of mankind- THE SECOND WORLD WAR. The Indian Air Force lent its support to UK. KK Majumdar was rated one of the best twelve best pilots of the Allied Air Force. The same period also saw the birth of an Independent India and also INDIAN AIR FORCE, as we know today was formed.
1955-1971 was known as A PERIOD OF TURMOIL
This was the period when the Indian Air Force entered a new era of jet aircraft. This period also saw two Indo-Pak war.
1972-1990 THE PERIOD OF PROGRESS
In the next two decades, the Indian Air Force upgraded a lot in its aircraft and equipment. Indian Air Force introduced twenty new aircraft. The Jaguar and series of MiG were introduced. MiG is considered a revolutionary aircraft which were introduced to the Indian Air Force in the Eighties.
1990 – Present
The last period of the twentieth century saw a phenomenal change as women were introduced in the Indian Air Force for short commission. It was also a time when the Indian Air force took some operations in hand and completed successfully.
In 1999, the Indian Air Force took the most unique operation in hand – “OPERATION SAFED SAGAR”. An air attack was launched and won, under hostile climatic conditions against the enemy. The Indian Air Force also participated in the peacekeeping mission in Somalia as part of a humanitarian operation.
At present, the Indian Air Force is the 4th largest Air Force in the world having a highly skilled fighting force and highly technical air crafts and equipment that safeguard our skies against those who want to invade our India.