Air Force Day 2019: PM Modi, Odisha CM pay tribute to warriors

Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday paid tributes to the warriors who protect our skies on occasion of Air Force Day 2019.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is celebrating its 87th birth anniversary with a grand event at Hindon Air Force Station in Ghaziabad.

IAF was established on 8 October 1932 in British India as an auxiliary air force of the Royal Air Force.

“Today, on Air Force Day, a proud nation expresses gratitude to our air warriors and their families. The Indian Air Force continues to serve India with utmost dedication and excellence,” tweeted PM Modi.

“My tribute to our warriors in the sky on Air Force Day. May they keep soaring high with glory and their valour shine brighter for the nation,” tweeted Odisha Chief Minister.

On the occasion of Air Force Day 2019, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will take delivery of India’s newest multirole fighter jet Rafale in France on Tuesday.

As IAF celebrated its 87th birthday, the air display commenced with flag-bearing sky divers of the famous Akash Ganga team dropping out of an AN-32 aircraft in their colourful canopies.