6 Reasons Why The Indian Air Force Gives The Nation a High
The Indian Air Force has not only conquered the skies, but also our hearts. On Indian Air Force Day, we couldn't think of a better way to pay a tribute to them than by sharing these amazing IAF facts that will make your chest swell with pride.
1. World Class
Our Air Force is the 4th largest in the world, just behind USA, Russia and China. Need proof of how massive it actually is? It has an estimated 1,380 aircraft which includes around 700 fighters, 6 aerial refueling tanker aircraft, 133 transport aircraft, 158 trainer aircraft, 33 attack helicopters, 156 transport helicopters, 155 utility helicopters, about 200 UAVs and 265 Fighter Aircraft. The Air Force employs 127,000 personnel who are among the best trained in the world.
2. The Inspirational Motto
The Motto of the Indian Air Force “Touch the Sky with Glory” has been taken from Bhagvad Gita. The Sankrit saying comes at a time in the Kurukshetra battle when Lord Krishna's divine form is reaching the sky with glory, evoking fear and loss of self-control in Arjuna’s mind. The Indian Air Force, similarly, aims to overwhelm its adversaries with its sophisticated air power.
3. Operation Rahat
4. Woman Power
Padmavathy Bandopadhyay was the first woman Air Marshal of the Indian Air Force.
5. War Time Hero
6. Fire Power
The Sukhoi Su-30MKI, IAF's frontline fighter jet, stands amongst the most elite and sophisticated fighter jets like the Eurofighter Typhoon, Dassault Rafale and USAF's F-Series of fighters.