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An Indian Air Force vintage plane Dakota flies flanked by two vayudoot aircrafts during Air Force Day parade at the Hindon air base on the outskirts of New Delhi, India Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. Air Force Day is celebrated to mark the day the Indian air force, the fourth largest air force in the world, was officially established in 1932. Apart from defending Indian air space, the air force also delivers humanitarian aid and disaster relief material during natural calamities. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Bhadauria, center, inspects a guard of honor during Air Force Day parade at the Hindon air base on the outskirts of New Delhi, India Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. Air Force Day is celebrated to mark the day the Indian air force, the fourth largest air force in the world, was officially established in 1932. Apart from defending Indian air space, the air force also delivers humanitarian aid and disaster relief material during natural calamities. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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Former Indian cricketer and honorary Indian Air Force (IAF) officer Sachin Tendulkar, cente right, shakes hand with Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Bhadauria during Air Force Day parade at the Hindon air base on the outskirts of New Delhi, India Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. Air Force Day is celebrated to mark the day the Indian air force, the fourth largest air force in the world, was officially established in 1932. Apart from defending Indian air space, the air force also delivers humanitarian aid and disaster relief material during natural calamities. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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Members of Akash Ganga sky diving team of the Indian Air Force display their skill during Air Force Day parade at the Hindon air base on the outskirts of New Delhi, India Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. Air Force Day is celebrated to mark the day the Indian air force, the fourth largest air force in the world, was officially established in 1932. Apart from defending Indian air space, the air force also delivers humanitarian aid and disaster relief material during natural calamities. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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An Indian Air Force fighter plane Jaguar flies during Air Force Day parade at the Hindon air base on the outskirts of New Delhi, India Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. Air Force Day is celebrated to mark the day the Indian air force, the fourth largest air force in the world, was officially established in 1932. Apart from defending Indian air space, the air force also delivers humanitarian aid and disaster relief material during natural calamities. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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An Indian Air Force indigenous Tejas fighter plane flies during Air Force Day parade at the Hindon air base on the outskirts of New Delhi, India Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. Air Force Day is celebrated to mark the day the Indian air force, the fourth largest air force in the world, was officially established in 1932. Apart from defending Indian air space, the air force also delivers humanitarian aid and disaster relief material during natural calamities. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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An Indian Air Force fighter plane Su- 30MKI releases flares as it flies past during Air Force Day parade at the Hindon air base on the outskirts of New Delhi, India Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. Air Force Day is celebrated to mark the day the Indian air force, the fourth largest air force in the world, was officially established in 1932. Apart from defending Indian air space, the air force also delivers humanitarian aid and disaster relief material during natural calamities. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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Indian Air Force Apache attack helicopters fly by during Air Force Day parade at the Hindon air base on the outskirts of New Delhi, India Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. Air Force Day is celebrated to mark the day the Indian air force, the fourth largest air force in the world, was officially established in 1932. Apart from defending Indian air space, the air force also delivers humanitarian aid and disaster relief material during natural calamities. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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Indian Air Force soldiers march during during Air Force Day parade at the Hindon air base on the outskirts of New Delhi, India Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. Air Force Day is celebrated to mark the day the Indian air force, the fourth largest air force in the world, was officially established in 1932. Apart from defending Indian air space, the air force also delivers humanitarian aid and disaster relief material during natural calamities. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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An Indian Air Force officer leads a marching contingent during Air Force Day parade at the Hindon air base on the outskirts of New Delhi, India Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. Air Force Day is celebrated to mark the day the Indian air force, the fourth largest air force in the world, was officially established in 1932. Apart from defending Indian air space, the air force also delivers humanitarian aid and disaster relief material during natural calamities. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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An Indian Air Force indigenous Tejas fighter plane during Air Force Day parade at the Hindon air base on the outskirts of New Delhi, India Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. Air Force Day is celebrated to mark the day the Indian air force, the fourth largest air force in the world, was officially established in 1932. Apart from defending Indian air space, the air force also delivers humanitarian aid and disaster relief material during natural calamities. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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Indian Air Force Surya Kiran fly in a formation during Air Force Day parade at the Hindon air base on the outskirts of New Delhi, India Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. Air Force Day is celebrated to mark the day the Indian air force, the fourth largest air force in the world, was officially established in 1932. Apart from defending Indian air space, the air force also delivers humanitarian aid and disaster relief material during natural calamities. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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An Indian Air Force MIG 21 flies during Air Force Day parade at the Hindon air base on the outskirts of New Delhi, India Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. Air Force Day is celebrated to mark the day the Indian air force, the fourth largest air force in the world, was officially established in 1932. Apart from defending Indian air space, the air force also delivers humanitarian aid and disaster relief material during natural calamities. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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Former Indian cricketer and honorary Indian Air Force (IAF) officer Sachin Tendulkar, center right, speaks with Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat during Air Force Day parade at the Hindon air base on the outskirts of New Delhi, India Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. Air Force Day is celebrated to mark the day the Indian air force, the fourth largest air force in the world, was officially established in 1932. Apart from defending Indian air space, the air force also delivers humanitarian aid and disaster relief material during natural calamities. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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Indian Air Force soldiers march during Air Force Day parade at the Hindon air base on the outskirts of New Delhi, India Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. Air Force Day is celebrated to mark the day the Indian air force, the fourth largest air force in the world, was officially established in 1932. Apart from defending Indian air space, the air force also delivers humanitarian aid and disaster relief material during natural calamities. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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Members of Akash Ganga sky diving team of the Indian Air Force display their skill during Air Force Day parade at the Hindon air base on the outskirts of New Delhi, India Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. Air Force Day is celebrated to mark the day the Indian air force, the fourth largest air force in the world, was officially established in 1932. Apart from defending Indian air space, the air force also delivers humanitarian aid and disaster relief material during natural calamities. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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An Indian Air Force plane C-17, center, flanked by Su 30MKI fly by during Air Force Day parade at the Hindon air base on the outskirts of New Delhi, India Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. Air Force Day is celebrated to mark the day the Indian air force, the fourth largest air force in the world, was officially established in 1932. Apart from defending Indian air space, the air force also delivers humanitarian aid and disaster relief material during natural calamities. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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Indian Air Force fighter planes MIG 21 led by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, center, an Indian pilot who was captured by Pakistan earlier this year but handed over in a gesture of peace by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, flies in a formation during Air Force Day parade at the Hindon air base on the outskirts of New Delhi, India Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. Air Force Day is celebrated to mark the day the Indian air force, the fourth largest air force in the world, was officially established in 1932. Apart from defending Indian air space, the air force also delivers humanitarian aid and disaster relief material during natural calamities. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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Air Warrior Drill team of Indian Air Force display their skills during Air Force Day parade at the Hindon air base on the outskirts of New Delhi, India Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. Air Force Day is celebrated to mark the day the Indian air force, the fourth largest air force in the world, was officially established in 1932. Apart from defending Indian air space, the air force also delivers humanitarian aid and disaster relief material during natural calamities. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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An Indian Air Force fighter plane Su- 30MKI releases flares as it flies past during Air Force Day parade at the Hindon air base on the outskirts of New Delhi, India Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. Air Force Day is celebrated to mark the day the Indian air force, the fourth largest air force in the world, was officially established in 1932. Apart from defending Indian air space, the air force also delivers humanitarian aid and disaster relief material during natural calamities. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Updated 09 October 2019

India Air Force Day

Air Force Day is celebrated to mark the day the Indian air force, the fourth largest air force in the world, was officially established in 1932. Apart from defending Indian air space, the air force also delivers humanitarian aid and disaster relief material during natural calamities.