35 Interesting Facts About Indian Air Force
October 8:- Indian Air Force Day
October 8 is celebrated every year as Indian Air Force Day. On Air Force Day, the Indian Air Force shows its strength to the world by demonstrating strength and bravery. But do you know why Indian Air Force Day is celebrated? Actually, on this day, the Indian Air Force was established on 8 October 1932. On this occasion, Indian Air Force Day is celebrated every year on 8 October. The President of India is the Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Air Force while the Air Chief, Air Chief Marshal (ACM), is a four-star commander and leads the Air Force. The headquarters of the Indian Air Force is located in New Delhi. So, here are some of the most 35 unknown and interesting facts about the Indian Air Force in this article, we bet you didn’t know
FACT#1. The Indian Air Force is the fourth largest air force in the world. The Indian Air Force is the largest air force after the US, China, and Russia.
FACT#2. The Indian Air Force is a part of the Armed Forces which serves as India’s security in the sky. The Indian Air Force has approximately 1,70,000 personnel and 1467 combat aircraft. There are 616 fighter aircraft, 359 helicopters, 33 attack helicopters, and 182 aircraft. At the same time, the Indian Air Force has more than 60 airbases across the country that provide security to India from every corner of the country. (Octomber, 2020)
FACT#3. The first pilot officers of the Indian Air Force were HC Sarkar, Subroto Mukherjee, Bhupendra Singh, AB Awan, and Amarjeet Singh.
FACT#4. The Indian Air Force has five commands throughout the country. Which includes Western Command in New Delhi, Central (Central) Command in Allahabad, Eastern Command in Shillong, Southern-Western Command in Jodhpur, and Southern Command in Thiruvananthapuram.
FACT#5. The Indian Air Force has so far played an important role in many major missions and wars. In 4 wars with Pakistan and one war with China, the Air Force has given the Indian Army skyrocketing. The Air Force played the main role in the war of Kargil. Apart from this, the Indian Air Force has also been an active part of the United Nations peacekeeping mission.
FACT#6. The Indian Air Force had only four aircraft (Westland Vapiti Biplane) on October 8, 1932, within a year of its official establishment. He was manned by six trained officers and 19 jawans.
FACT#7. On 1 April 1993, the first Scodron in the Indian Air Force was commissioned.
FACT#8. The Air Force was given the Royal Title in March 1945 due to its consistent achievements.
FACT#9. The year 1946 Royal Indian Air Force (RIAF) got its first transport unit.
FACT#10. After the formation of the Republic in 1950, the Government of India removed the Royal Title from the name of the Indian Air Force.
FACT#11. Operation Vijay, Operation Meghdoot, Operation Cactus, and Operation Pumalai are the major operations of the Indian Air Force with which the world is aware.
FACT#12. Today, various variants of MiG, Sukhoi SU-30 MKI is the lifeblood of the fighter jet fleet of the Indian Air Force. Tejas, a light combat fighter aircraft made under Make in India, has also increased the strength of the country’s air force. The number of Tejas may increase in the coming years.
FACT#13. The Indian Air Force is working towards adding about 400 combat aircraft to its fleet by the year 2030.
FACT#14. The Indian Air Force was known as the Royal Air Force of Britain during the Second World War when they halted the Japanese military move in Burma.
FACT#15. Air Marshal Subroto Mukherjee was the first Indian Chief of Staff of the Air Force.
FACT#16. During the Kargil war, the Air Force killed the enemies at an altitude of 14-18 thousand feet in the Himalayas.
FACT#17. The MiG-21 aircraft are very important in the Indian Air Force fleet and the air fleet has 200 such aircraft.
FACT#18. The Indian Air Force also uses Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft and has 140 such aircraft.
FACT#19. The Indian Air Force also has a fleet of 100 MiG-27 aircraft.
FACT#20. The Indian Air Force also uses Jaguar fighter jets and has 110 such aircraft.
FACT#21. The Mirage-2000 fighter aircraft is also an important part of the Indian Air Force and 50 such aircraft are included with 60 Mig-29 in its fleet.
FACT#22. The Airforce was earlier under the control of the Army. His first Commander in Chief, Air Marshal was Sir Thomas W. Elmhirst. According to the information, he served in this post from 15 August 1947 to 22 February 1950.
FACT#23. The motif of the Andean Airforce is ‘Nabh: Sprisham Deeptam’, taken from the 11th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. This is part of the sermon given by Lord Krishna to Arjuna.
FACT#24. The flag of the Indian Airforce is sky blue color. Its corner carries the national flag of the country. Which has orange, white, and green colors.
FACT#25. Women also contributed significantly to the air force. Padmavathy Bandopadhyay was the first woman Air Marshal. Now women pilots and fighter pilots are also joining it. Flight Lieutenant Bhawana Kant, the first female fighter pilot of the Indian Airforce. She is a MiG-21 Bison pilot known for the fastest landing and take-off.
FACT#26. ‘Marshal’ is the biggest title of the Indian Air Force. Arjan Singh is the only Air Force officer to be conferred this honorary title.
FACT#27. In September 2009, a special operation was made in the Indian Air Force, they are known as Garuda Commandos. The Garuda Commando Force has about 1500 commandos. This force performs dangerous operations like finding hidden weapons hidden by the enemy, rescue operation, missile tracking, etc.
FACT#28. Sukhoi MKI-30 is one of the major forces with the Indian Air Force. It has been matched by Eurofighter Typhoon, Dassault Rafale, and the fighter jets of America’s Best F Series. This aircraft has 12 places to carry different types of bombs and missiles. This aircraft can fill fuel in the air. It has the capability to attack up to 3000 km.
FACT#29. The Boeing C-17 is a strategic transport aircraft capable of carrying the first heavy military equipment to the Indian Air Force. This aircraft can fly with a cargo of 70 tons. In this aircraft, the Air Force brought the people trapped in Yemen to India.
FACT#30. Tejas is one of the lightest combat aircraft in the Indian Air Force fleet. This aircraft can fly at a speed of 1850 km and is equipped with the power to respond to every challenge facing India in the mountains of Kashmir and North-East in the desert of Rajasthan, over the sea.
FACT#31. This fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force can fly at altitudes up to 65000 feet. This fighter aircraft flying at a speed of 2400 km can attack up to 1450 km at a time. This aircraft of the Indian Air Force is considered one of the most high-tech supersonic aircraft of the army.
FACT#32. This Hitech aircraft of the Indian Air Force can fly up to an altitude of 36500 feet. This aircraft, flying at a speed of 1700 km per hour, can destroy the enemy at a distance of 925 km at a time.
FACT#33. It can easily land on Globemaster Kargil, Ladakh, and other northern and northeastern borders. Apart from the border, it will show its strength in case of an emergency like anywhere in the country. The Globemaster can land in a normal position at 3500 feet of runway. The C-17 Globemaster is capable of carrying more than 150 personnel simultaneously. It also has the power to airlift 03 helicopters or two trucks simultaneously.
FACT#34. Rafael is capable of reaching an altitude of 60 thousand feet in just one minute, while its firepower is about 3700 km and it can fly from 2200 to 2500 km per hour. The most important thing about the Rafale fighter aircraft is that it also has a ‘Meteor’ missile and Israeli system capable of losing sight of the new era.
FACT#35. The new warship (helicopter) joining the Indian Army, Apache is unique and equipped with immense combat capabilities. Last month, the US government has approved the sale of six Apache AH-64E helicopters to India. The characteristics of the Apache proves how and why this helicopter is important for the Indian Army. Its maximum speed is 280 kilometers per hour which are very difficult to catch with radar. It has 16 anti-tank missiles dropping capabilities. A rifle mounted under a helicopter can fill 1,200 rounds of 30 mm at a time. With the help of the night vision system, capable of reconnaissance of enemies, land-to-air rockets and missiles. Apache is among the select helicopters of the world which can attack the enemy in any weather or any situation.