Indian Airforce Day 2023: Live Link, Location, History, Significance

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Indian Airforce Day

Every year, we celebrate Indian Airforce Day on 8 October. This day marks the establishment of Indian Air Force or the ‘Bhartiya Vayu Sena’. This year, it is the 91st anniversary of Indian Airforce. The day is dedicated to honouring the Indian Air Force for their sacrifice and contributions in defence and emergency conditions. Stay tuned and keep reading this blog to learn about the history, significance, and motto of this day!

EventIndian Airforce Day
Date 8 October 2023
Established on8 October 1932
HeadquartersNew Delhi
MottoTouch the Sky with Glory
Official Website

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Where is the Indian Air Force Day Celebration 2023?

Indian Air Force Day 2023 will take place on October 8, 2023.

Location: This year, the Indian Air Force Parade for 2023 will be held at Prayagraj Air Force Station.

What Happens During the Indian Airforce Parade?

Airforce Day is typically celebrated with a parade and a fly past with all Fighter Planes, Transport aircraft and Helicopters as well as some fascinating drills performed by the soldiers of the airforce.

The event is attended by the Chief of Air Staff and all other important members of the IAF.

The Parade Timings are 8 am to 10:30 am You can watch it live on DD News or the official IAF YouTube channel.

Aircraft List This Year (2023)

Here is the list of Indian Aircraft:

  • C17- GlobeMaster
  • Apache
  • ALH
  • Chinook
  • C130 J-Hercules
  • LCA Tejas
  • Rafale
  • PC-7 MK-II Pilatus
  • Skat
  • Sarang
  • Hwak
  • Vintage Aircraft – Dakota ( Bangladesh War Veteran )
  • New Aircraft: C – 295
Source: Wikipedia
Source: Hindustan Times

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Indian Airforce Motto

The motto of Indian Airforce is to “Touch the Sky with Glory” or “नभः स्पृशं दीप्तम्” (Nabh Sparsham Dwiptam). The motto of IAF was adopted from the eleventh chapter of Shrimad Bhagavad Gita. Indian Air Force is the fourth-largest functional air force in the world, and this is its biggest strength. IAF also contributes to the United Nations Peacekeeping Missions.


Indian Airforce Day was established in 1932. It protects the country from air attacks and serves the nation during times of emergency. The first Indian aircraft came into being on 1 April 1933. The Indian Airforce participated in World War II and post war the airforce was renamed as Royal Indian Air Force. In 1950, when India became a Republic, the word Royal was removed from the Royal Indian Airforce and thus, the name Indian Air Force (IAF) was finalized.

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Significance of Indian Airforce Day

IAF holds great significance in Indian history. This day is celebrated to commemorate the sacrifice and work of the Indian Air Force. Mentioned below are some of the key points to mark the significance of Indian Airforce Day:

  • This day is celebrated to commemorate the establishment of the IAF in 1932.
  • On this special day, India honours the brave air warriors and pays them tribute for their bravery, and sacrifice for the nation.
  • Indian Air Force showcases the technological advancements and the power of the Indian Army through air displays and air parades.
  • Through the air display, the Indian Air Force boosts the Morale of the army sector and infuses the feeling of patriotism in each and every individual.
  • This day is also celebrated to spread public awareness about the importance of the Indian Air Force for a safe nation.

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Q1. What is Airforce Day in India?

A1. Airforce Day in India is celebrated every year on 8 October. This year, it is the 91st anniversary of Airforce Day, and on this special occasion, the Indian Airforce will conduct an aerial display over the Bhojtal Lake in Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal.

Q2. Why we are celebrating Indian Airforce Day?

A2. We celebrate the Indian Airforce Day to spread awareness and pay tribute to the contributions and sacrifice of the Indian Air Army in the field of defence and at times of emergency or disaster. 

Q3. In which year First Indian Airforce Day was celebrated?

A3. The first Indian Airforce Day was celebrated on 8 October 1932. IAF’s first ac flight came into being on 1 April 1933. 


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