Established on 8 October 1932, the Indian Air Force recently celebrated its 86th Air Force Day with much fanfare at the Hindon Air Force Station in the national capital. On 21 October, in continuance with its 86th anniversary celebrations, the air warriors of IAF displayed their best as part of their outreach programme at the Air Force Station of Nal in Rajasthan for the civilians.
The programme, titled Vayusena Pradarshani, was held for the public on Sunday. Around 1.5 lakh people, including civilians, armed force personnel, paramilitary forces and nearly 12000 children from different educational institutes in and around Bikaner, witnessed this programme.
The commoners were thrilled to see the spectacular display of Suryakiran Aerobatic Team ( SKAT ), Akash Ganga Sky Diving Team, Air Warrior Drill Team ( AWDT ) and a live concert by the Air Force Band. Wing Commander Indranil Nandi, the coordinator and commanding officer of a combat unit of the station, explained: “Outreach programme such as these not only help in generating enthusiasm amongst the youth towards the IAF, but, also help us to build a bond with the civil populace in and around any camp. I am happy with the attendance for the event today and the enthusiasm is evident with such a huge civil audience turnout.”
In these nine decades, IAF’s might in the skies has increased manifolds. The year 2018 remained a fruitful one for the air warriors, as they achieved success in the field of sports and adventure. Some of the wins include one Gold, two Silver and four Bronze medals at international events.
An IAF publicity stall was also mounted at the venue in Nal to motivate the aspiring youth and children of the state to opt for Indian Air Force as a career option.
(The writer is a Delhi-based independent contributor)