Honouring all Air Force personnel, he tweeted a photo along with Air-Force personnel along with the note that said, “your courage makes India proud”.
Saluting all air warriors & their families on Air Force Day. Thank you for protecting our skies. Your courage makes India proud. pic.twitter.com/bCusPOV1nf— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 8, 2016
President Pranab Mukherjee too sent out a series of tweets not only congratulating the Indian Air Force but also thanking them for their valor and all that they have done in the last eight decades.
Greetings & felicitations to all personnel of Indian Air Force on the 84th Anniversary of Indian Air Force #PresidentMukherjee— President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) October 8, 2016
The nation is proud of the capability and competency of the IAF #PresidentMukherjee— President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) October 8, 2016
Over the last eight decades, the IAF has emerged as an immensely professional and combat-ready force #PresidentMukherjee— President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) October 8, 2016
IAF has achieved distinction in defending our skies and delivering vital humanitarian aid and disaster relief #PresidentMukherjee— President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) October 8, 2016
The Indian Air Force meanwhile had already started the celebrations at Ghaziabad’s Hindon air base, where they held a large parade and an air display show.
During the air display, the Force’s famous sky-divers, AKASH GANGA Team, dropped out of AN-32 aircraft in colourful canopies while bearing many flags.
Ghaziabad (UP): Para jumps being carried out at Hindon Air base on Air Force Day. pic.twitter.com/kNN5fudiQ2
— ANI (@ANI_news) October 8, 2016
There were also a series of flypast including one in the vintage aircraft, a modern transport aircraft, and a frontline fighter aircraft.
Air Force Day celebration underway at Hindon Air base in Ghaziabad; Vintage aircraft displayed. pic.twitter.com/Hdv9BA9jEE— ANI (@ANI_news) October 8, 2016
During the ceremony, Air Force Chief Arup Raha remembered January’s Pathankot Air Base Attack and said that it was a stark reminder of the troubled times everyone is living in.
He then went on to confer Sena Medals & Vishist Seva Medals and spoke about the recent acquisition of 36 Rafale aircrafts that would be added to the Indian Air Force fleet in coming years.
Ghaziabad: Air Force Day celebration; Air Force Chief Arup Raha confers Vayu Sena Medals, Vayu Sena Medals(Gallantry) & Vishist Seva Medals. pic.twitter.com/8gfZRQA5vn— ANI (@ANI_news) October 8, 2016
Acquisition of 36 Rafale aircrafts in next few years could greatly enhance our operational capability in near term:Air Force Chief Arup Raha pic.twitter.com/oSqBChBhLy— ANI (@ANI_news) October 8, 2016
The ceremony was also attended by all top military personal’s and cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar who was conferred with the honorary title of Group Captain back in 2010.
Army Chief Dalbir Singh and Sachin Tendulkar at the Air Force Day celebrations at Hindon Air base in Ghaziabad pic.twitter.com/kLtEmrLjOu— ANI (@ANI_news) October 8, 2016