Published on: October 10, 2023

Air Force Day

Air Force Day

Why in news? The Indian Air Force is celebrating its 91st anniversary on October 9th 2023


Additional Information

  • This is the first Air Force Day Parade to be commanded by a woman officer, Group Captain Shaliza Dhami
  • Indian Air Force (IAF) chief Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari unveiled the air force’s new ensign at the 91st IAF Day celebrations at Air Force Station-Bamrauli in Prayagraj.

New Ensign

  • The IAF Crest has the national symbol, the Ashoka lion, on the top with the words Satyameva Jayate in Devanagari below it.
  • Below the Ashoka lion is a Himalayan eagle with its wings spread, denoting the fighting qualities of the IAF
  • A ring in light blue colour encircles the Himalayan eagle with the words ‘Bharatiya Vayu Sena’ and the motto of the IAF is inscribed below Himalayan eagle in golden Devanagari.”
  • The IAF motto has been taken from verse 24, Chapter 11 of the Bhagavad Gita and means “Radiant Thou Touchest Heaven” or in other words “Touching the sky with glory”.
  • Last year, a new combat uniform for the Indian Air Force was unveiled on the occasion of Indian Air Force Day 2022