Happy 78th birthday!
The Indian Air Force turns 78 this year. Beginning in 1932 with just six aircraft, today the IAF runs a fleet of 1300 and growing,
The IAF is currently aggressively expanding to meet the challenges of the modern battlefield, i.e. they have to get new jets ASAP since they fly hulks that were outdated in 1980 and spend more time crashing to the ground than in the air
Their latest prizes have been six of the new Hercules transport plane, the most advanced in the world and the Tejas, India’s first indigenously built fighter.
But they are undeniably one of the pillars on which our nation stands. Unfortunately the efforts that the IAF has put in four wars, defending our skies, is not as popular as it should be,
So congratulations to the IAF and as the old blessing go - may you continue to grow and have a hundreds of descendants.
Just one request - please replace the crashing MIGs. Its really makes us wonder whether the 'Air' in 'Air Force' is being taken seriously by you guys.
Image: Jaguars of the Indian Air Force (IAF) release flares at the fly past during the rehearsal of the IAF Day Parade in New Delhi on October 6, 2009.