Indian Air Force (IAF) celebrated 87th anniversary on Air Force Day in Ghaziabad at Hindon Air Base. The Army Chief General Bipin Rawat and IAF Chief, Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria were at the ceremony.
Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman of IAF who shot down a PAF F-16 during a dogfight on February 27 at the beginning of this year, piloted MiG-21 Bison aircraft over Air Force Day march at Hindon Air Base.
Three Mirage 2000 aircraft and two Su-30MKI fighter aircraft also flew in ‘Avenger formation’. The planes are being operated by pilots who took part in Balakot airstrike. Air Fighter Pilots who took part in Balakot airstrikes were involved in the parade as a sign of tribute to the teams which carried out the strike on February 26.
Every year, the Air Force Day is celebrated at Hindon base in presence of the IAF chief and senior officials of the three armed forces. The IAF was founded on October 8, 1932, and the force has participated in several significant wars and landmark missions.