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Feel Proud with Interesting Facts about Indian Air Force

Indian Air Force Facts: Indian Air Force (Bharatiya Vayu Sena) is one of the most formidable air force in the world. The IAF is the air wing of the Indian Defense Forces which is responsible to deal with any sort of unnatural activity via the aerial medium.

Indian Air Force celebrates 8th of October, every year as its establishment day. On the anniversary of Air Force, we are presenting you many interesting facts. After reading these interesting facts about Air Wing.

A Historical Tour of Indian Air Force:

Indian Airforce came into existence on 8th October 1932 by the British Empire. Initially, it was launched as an auxiliary branch of British Empire. During the World War II, the Airforce presented unmatched service which let the British Empire honor Air Force with a prefix “ROYAL”.

Since India got independence in 1947, it continued with the name of Royal Indian Air Force. But in 1950, after Indian becomes a Republic country, it removed the prefix “Royal” from the name and continued as Indian Airforce. Since then, it is following the same name and recognition.

So, remembering the air force day, here are some interesting facts about Indian Air Force, that will make you feel proud.

Interesting Facts About Indian Airforce:

Flying Officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon: Flying Officer Nirmal Singh Sekhon is the only Officer of Air Force who was awarded Param Vir Chakra after he showed his incomparable skills during the 1971 Indo-Pak War.

India Pakistan 1971 War: This is an interesting fact that during India Pakistan 1971 War, Indian Air Force never involved in a direct battle with Pakistan. Instead, they were just used as a transportation medium of goods and arms.

Air Marshal Sir Thomas Walker Elmhirst: After British Empire established Air Force, Air Marshal Sir Thomas Walker Elmhirst become the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Air Force. Under his leadership, the Air Force was made with zero Army control.

Siachen Glacier AFS: With a 22,000 ft height, Siachen Glacier Air Force Station is the highest Air Force Station.

Fourth Largest Air Force: Indian Air Force is the fourth largest Airforce in the world. It heads over 1,70,000 personnel and 1500 aircrafts. The top three Air Force are from US, China, and Russia respectively.

Seventh Strongest Air Force: When it comes to the strength of the air force over the globe. Indian Air Force ranks seventh in the world. The top three strongest Sir Force are of Germany, Australia, and Japan.

The Roundel Tricolor Flag: Prior to 1951, there were different flags that changed nearly 3 times with multiple variations. In 1951, the fourth change came with the replacement of old symbol with a new roundel Indian Flag that contains the tricolor.

Nabha Sparsham Deeptam: All the Air Force Aspirants must know that the Indian Air Force has the motto “Nabha Sparsha Deeptam” which is actually derived from the 11th chapter of Bhagavad Gita.

Air Marshal Padmavathy Bandopadhyay: Padmavathy Bandopadhyay is the first woman Air Marshal of Indian Air Force. She was also the first Women Specialist Officer in Aviation Medicine. She was also the second women to be promoted to three-star rank in Air Force.

Guard Commando Force: You will be amazed to know that the Special Task Force of Indian Air Force, Guard Commando Force has the longest training period. The Guard Commando Force actually came into existence in 2004.

Marshal Arjan Singh: Late Marshal Arjan Singh was the First and Last five-star rank Officer in Indian Air Force. He died on 16th September 2017 at the age of 98.

IAF Base in the Foreign country: Yes, Indian Air Force has one of its base in Tajikistan. The Farkhor Air Base is the first and only military base outside our country.

Highest Landing World Record: Indian Air force crated World Record by landing at the Daulat Beg Oldie airstrip in Ladakh. The c-130J of Indian Air Force made the landing which was at a height of 16614ft.

Only Air Force to Operate Three Largest Transport Aircrafts: IAF is the only air force which operated the three largest transport aircrafts. The three largest transport aircrafts are C-17 Globemaster, C-130J Super Hercules, and IL-76.

On the air force day, let’s salute our Air Force team and practice hard to join Indian Air Force as Flying Officer. Indian Air Force is calling You.


I am a Defence Freak who love to write for those who want to SERVE THE COUNTRY with PRIDE. I am currently preparing for Civil Services alongside writing on this website. All I want to say is... HOW'S THE JOSH?


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