Hyderabad: The Indian Air Force (IAF) would be completing 87 years of glorious service to the nation. From its humble beginnings in October 1932, the IAF has grown to become the fourth largest Air Force in the world and is globally acknowledged as a force to reckon with.
The history of the IAF is replete with examples of valour in all the operations that it has been part of – a shining testimony of which is the recent Balakot operations. The yeoman service rendered by the IAF in providing humanitarian assistance to the people during natural disasters both in India and abroad has only added more feathers to its cap. These achievements both during peacetime and during conflicts in its illustrious past have lent credence to its motto, “Touch the Sky with Glory”.
The Secunderabad based College of Air Warfare (CAW) is commemorating the 87th Anniversary of the IAF by organising various events for serving and retired personnel. A ‘High Tea’ was hosted by all IAF establishments located in the twin cities today.
Being the senior-most IAF officer in the Hyderabad area, Air Marshal Arvindra Singh Butola, Commandant, Air Force Academy hosted the event at College of Air Warfare. Senior Indian Air Force officers were present on the occasion. Air Vice-Marshal ES Lala (Retired) Age 93 was the senior-most veteran present. Air Marshal Janak Kapur (Retired) was the Chief Guest for the function.
The event provided an opportunity for veterans to interact with their brothers in arms and relive the fond memories of their service in the IAF.