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Indian Air Force Facts: We the residents of India will never fear when it comes to the security of the country, because of our strong Indian Defence Mechanism. And the key component of the Indian Defence Mechanism is Indian Air Force.

Indian armed forces are incomplete without the Indian Air force, also known as Bhartiya Vayu Sena, as it is the air arm of the Indian Armed Force.

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Indian Airforce’s key role is to keep the Indian aerospace residents to manage and attack the aerial warfare during the conflicts. It has been so many decades, the IAF is shielding and sage guarding the country and its people. The IAF has the core purpose of shielding the Indian Territory and the national interests from all threats in connection with other branches of armed forces.

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IAF is considered one of the most admirable air forces in the world. Indian Air Force (IAF) is the fourth largest air power in the world after Russia, U.S.A, and China. It was established on October 8. 1932 by the British Empire. It then had a strength of 25 soldiers of which 19 were combat pilots. Ever since then, IAF has gone through extreme modernization and expansion both in technology and strength of man.

There are many other Interesting facts about Indian Air Force that we should know. Here are a few amazing Indian Air Force Facts that will increase your respect ten-fold.

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Interesting Indian Air Force Facts

1. Royal Indian Air force

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Royal Indian Air Force | Indian Air Force Facts

Indian Air Force Facts #1: After the Independence of India in 1947, the IAF was named Royal Indian Air Force, after King George VI. The prefix Royal was removed in 1950 when India turned republic

2. Indian Air Force in World

Facts About Indian Air Force #2: With around 1,70,000 personnel and 1,500 aircrafts IAF is the fourth-largest air force in the world.

Indian Air Force Facts #3: IAF is also the 7th strongest Air Force in the world, better than that for Germany, Australia, and Japan.

Facts About Indian Air Force #4: IAF has shown its strength in four wars with Pakistan and one with China.

3. Indian Air Force’s motto

Indian Air Force Facts #5: IAF’s motto “Nabha Sparsham Deeptam” , which means “touch the sky with glory” is taken from the eleventh chapter of Bhagvat Gita.

4. Indian Air Force Station

Interesting Indian Air Force Facts #6: IAF’s Hindon Air Force station, situated near Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh) is the largest in Asia and the 8th largest in the world. Siachen Glacier AFS is the highest Air Force Station, situated at a height of 22,000 ft.




5. Indian Air Force in Indo-Pak War

IAF Facts #7 The IAF destroyed more than 40 APCs, 29 Pakistani tanks, and a railway train during the Battle of Longewala in the 1971 Indo-Pak war besides the number of critical installations. By the time Pakistani forces surrendered, the IAF claimed that 94 PAF aircraft, including 54 F-86Sabres has been shoot down.

6. Indian Air Force’s world record and operations

IAF Facts #8 The IAF created a world record by airlifting around 20,000 civilians in the ‘Raahat’ mission during floods in Uttarakhand. The rescue operation was carried out using helicopters and was launched to evacuate people affected by the floods. The operation landed around 3,82,400 kg of relief material and equipment.

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Raahat Mission

IAF Facts #9: The IAF created a world record by performing the highest landing of the C-130J Super Hercules transport plane at the Daulat Beg Oldi airstrip in Ladakh at the height of 16,614. The feat was accomplished on August 20, 2013.

Interesting IAF Facts #10: The IAF transport aircraft lifted hundreds of Indian troops to secure Siachen glaciers, during 1984 ‘Operation Meghdoot’.

IAF Facts #11: From October 1, 1933, to December 21, 1934, the IAF took part in peacekeeping duties in Somalia as part of the Indian contingent supporting U.N operations.

IAF Facts #12: The IAF engaged in conflict outside the country in 1960, when Belgium’s 75-year rule over Congo ended abruptly. No. 5 Squadron was activated to support the United Nations Operation in the Congo.




7. Indian Air Force bases

Facts #13: The IAF has over 60 airbases all over India. These 60 airbases are grouped in 7 commands. The western command is the largest with 16 airbases whereas, the central command is the smallest command with 7 airbases. The IAF has India’s first and only military airbase outside the country in Farkhor, Tajikistan.

8. Indian Air Force special force unit

IAF Facts #14: ‘The Garud Commando Force’ was IAF’s special force unit formed in 2004. The force has over 2000 trained personnel who conduct search, rescue, and disaster relief operations. The ‘Garud Commando Force ‘ has the longest training course among all the other Indian Special Forces.

The Garud Commando Force
The Garud Commando Force

9. Indian Air Force Flag

IAF Facts #15: The IAF flag was adopted in 1951. IAF is blue and contains the national flag in its first quadrant and it has a roundel of tricolor. Since 1933, the IAF roundel (logo on the planes and IAF flag) has changed at least four times.

10. Indian Air Force awardee’s

Facts #16: Flying officer Nirmal Jit Singh was the first and only IAF officer to be awarded the Param Veer Chakra posthumously for his bravery in the 1971 Indo-Pak war.

IAF Facts #17: IAF has one air marshal at a time. Padmavathy Bandopadhyay is the first women air marshal of the Indian Air Force. Also, she was the second woman in the Indian Armed forces to be promoted to the three-star rank. She was awarded Vishist Seva Medal (VSM) for her conduct during the Indo-Pakistani war in 1971. She was the first woman officer to become a specialist in aviation medicine.

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Air Marshal Padmavathy Bandopadhyay

11. Indian Air Force museum

Facts #18: The IAF museum in Delhi has a rich collection of memorabilia of Indian Military Aviation and also displays the great history of the Indian Air Force. The museum hosts some of the rare memorabilia of the IAF right from when it was formed in the year 1932.

12. Indian Air Force first’s

Indian Air Force Facts #19: Sir Thomas Walker Elmhirst was the first commander-in-Chief of the IAF.

Facts #20: Air marshal Subroto Mukherjee was the first Indian chief of Staff of the IAF.

13. Indian Air Force officer with 5-star rank

Indian Air Force Facts #21: With the death of Field marshal Sam Manekshaw, Marshal of IAF Arjan singh is the only living officer with 5-star rank. His rank is now at par with that of Field Marshal.

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Marshal of IAF Arjan Singh

14. Indian Air Force arsenal

IAF Facts #22: IAF’s first Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) made fighter was HF-24 Marut. It was designed by German aerospace engineer Kurt Tank. It operated between 1961 to 1985.

Indian Air Force Facts #23: The latest addition IAF arsenal is Mirage 2000. It is French single seated air defence and a multi-purpose fighter jet. It is powered by a single engine with maximum speed of 2,495 kilometer per hour.

Facts #24: According to Flight International, there to be around 1,721 aircraft including Su-30MKI, Jaguars, Mirage-2000, Apache and Chinook in service with the IAF.

Indian Air Force Facts #25: The SEPECAT Jaguar and the Mikoyan MIG-27 serve as the IAF’s primary ground attack force.

IAF Facts #26: The IAF currently operates on 139 Jaguars and over 100 MIG-27’s.

IAF Facts #27: The Tejas is the second supersonic Light Combat Aircraft developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).




15. Indian Air Force’s collaboration

Facts #28: India is building a 5th generation Sukhoi PAK FA in collaboration with Russia. When it will be completed, it will be the most lethal fighter jet in the world alongside with the US F-22. It is expected to start flying in 2025.

IAF Facts #29: The Indian Air Force is the only air force that operates the three largest transport aircrafts. These three aircrafts are C-17 Globemaster III, C-130J Hercules and IL-76.

IAF Facts #30: Sukhoi Su-30 MKI is the Indian Air Force’s primary air superiority fighter plane. It has additional capability to conduct air-ground (strikes) missions.

IAF Facts #31: The Indian Air Force manages the Air Force Network (AFNet). Air Force Network (AFNet) is a state-of-the-art. It is fully secure and reliable network (Intranet). It also has gigabyte digital information grid.

16. Indian Air Force Welcomes women fighter pilots

Indian's women fighter pilots
Indian’s women fighter pilots

Facts #32: The IAF is planning to induct women fighter pilots. According to data, there are around 300 women pilots in the IAF.

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