Facts about Indian Air Force
The most vital parameter for any country to show his power index is its Defence.USA spends Approximately 600 billion dollars on its defense. Defence mechanism has changed a lot in this nuclear era. Gone are the days when soldiers used to engaged in man to man terrestrial combat, now the most important pillar of any defense is Air Force. Now the power is defined by number of bomber aircrafts, helicopters, troop carrier etc. Today, on this auspicious day of Indian Independence (15th August), we will highlight some lesser known facts about Indian air force which make us proud.
- Indian Air force was established as the Royal Indian Air Forceback in British era on 8 October 1932 as an auxiliary air force of the British Empire. When India became a republic in 1950, the prefixed Royal was dropped.
- Westland Wapiti biplane was the first aircraft introduced to Indian Air Force. The aircraft inventory comprised of four Westland Wapiti.
- Indian Air Force(IAF) is the fourth largest Air Force in the world after US, China and Russia which comprises of around 1,70,000 personnel and 1,500 aircrafts.
- Arjan Singh is the only officer of the Indian Air Force to be promoted to five-star rank In recognition of his services. Arjan Singh holds the rank as an Indian Air Force Marshall. He was awarded a ‘Five Star’ rank in the year 2002.He was born in 1919 in Lyallpur,Punjab.
- The Indian Air force Day year is celebrated on October 8th of every year.
- Sachin Tendulkar is the first sports person to be conferred a rank by IAF and the first personality with no aviation background to receive the honour of IAF’s honorary Group Captain.
- Padmavathy Bandopadhyay was the first woman Air Marshal of Indian Air Force.
- 8.IAF motto “Nabha Sparsham Deeptham” is taken from the eleventh chapter of the Gita. The way Lord Krishna shows his supreme divine form to Arjuna, in a similar way, the Indian Air Force aims to overwhelm the adversaries with application of aerospace power in defence of the nation.
9.Operation Raahat was the biggest civilian rescue operation in the world carried out by any air force using helicopters..The rescue operation was launched by the IAF to evacuate civilians affected by the 2013 North India floods. The IAF airlifted a total of 19,600 people – flying a total of 2,140 sorties and dropping/landing a total of 3,82,400 kg of relief material and equipment.
10.The IAF is the only air force that operates C-17 Globemaster III, C-130J Super Hercules, and Il-76 – the three largest transport aircrafts.
11. The IAF created a world record by performing the highest landing of a C-130J at the Daulat Beg Oldi airstrip in Ladakh at the height of 16614 feet (5065 meters).
13.At 22,000 ft (or 6,706 m), Siachen Glacier AFS is the highest Air Force Station of the IAF.
14.AF has a base in Farkhor, Tajikistan. Its only base outside India.