Indian Air Force (IAF) celebrated 87th anniversary on Air Force Day at Hindon Air Base in Ghaziabad. Army Chief General Bipin Rawat and IAF Chief, Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria were present at the event.
Abhinandan enthrals audience
Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman of IAF who shot down a PAF F-16 during a dogfight on February 27 earlier this year, flew MiG-21 Bison aircraft over Air Force Day parade today at Hindon Air Base.
The 'Avenger formation'
Three Mirage 2000 aircraft and two Su-30MKI fighter aircraft also flew in 'Avenger formation'. The planes are being flown by pilots who took part in Balakot airstrike. Air Fighter Pilots who took part in Balakot airstrikes were included in the parade as a mark of tribute to the teams which carried out the strike on February 26 and thwarted the Pakistani aerial attack on February 27.
The debutant Chinook
The 87th Air Force Day marked by aerial displays of newly inducted the twin-rotor blade Chinook chopper besides other aircraft.
Apache attack chopper- a new entrant!
The IAF showcased its newest Apache attack choppers. The Apache was procured from the United States and has the ability to carry out lethal attacks besides providing assistance in peacekeeping missions. The IAF had inducted eight Apache attack choppers in September.
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 crucial wars and landmark missions.