The Indian Air Force on 8 October celebrated its 84th anniversary at the Hindon Air Base in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, where Army Chief Dalbir Singh and Sachin Tendulkar were also present along with Air Force Chief Arup Raha.
Indian Air Force celebrated Air Force day with full enthusiasm with part of the programme being display of 'aerobatic' skill offered by a team of helicopters called 'Saarang.'
With AR Rahman's 'Maa Tujhe Salaam' playing in the background, four choppers broke formation with one of them rising at a perpendicular angle to the ground and then turning around nose-first towards the ground.
During the celebration, Air Force Chief Arup Raha also spoke about the terrorist attack in Pathankot and Uri. He said,"Attack on Pathankot airbase is a stark reminder of the times we live in."
While speaking at the Hindon Air base he said, "acquisition of 36 Rafale aircrafts in next few years could greatly enhance our operational capability in near term."
Air Force Chief Arup Raha also confered Vayu Sena Medals and Vishist Seva Medals to the personnel.
--with agency inputs