National Defence Academy (NDA) Indian Air Force Day celebrated at NDA in Pune
The 84th anniversary of the Indian Air Force (IAF) was celebrated with traditional pomp and joy at the Academy of National Defence, Khadakwasla near Pune on Saturday.
The IAF is the fourth largest air force in the world’s largest, with a primary responsibility to secure Indian airspace and to conduct aerial warfare during a conflict. It was formally established on October 8, 1932, as an auxiliary air force of the British Empire and the prefix Royal was introduced in 1945 in recognition of his service during World War II.
After India became independent from the UK in 1947, the Royal Air Force of India has served Dominion of India, with the prefix being dropped when India became a republic in 1950. Since independence, the IAF has participated in four wars with neighboring Pakistan and one with the People’s Republic of China.
NDA Commandant Air Marshal J S Keller was the chief guest at the traditional cutting ceremony `Air Force Day cake” for officers and staff assigned to the NDA.
A swearing-in ceremony was held for all staff of the IAF NDA published in the local training team of the Air Force Academy. Air Marshal Keller administered the oath.
The NDA is a tri-services military training center where the cadets of the Army, Navy and Air Force are trained. There are about 65 cadets from the Air Force in each course. These cadets are given flight instruction for 7.5 hours in the aircraft powered super Dimona more than 10 outlets in the last term.
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Air Force cadets are also trained on issues related to aviation, including meteorology, air traffic, and theft. Cadets also learn the basic course in paragliding, Aero-modeling, shooting clay pigeon shooting and the deviation to sharpen their skills.
Much of distinguished IAF personnel have originated in the NDA. This includes Wg Cdr (Retd) Rakesh Sharma, who was the first and only Indian cosmonaut. Air Marshal Arup Raha’s current chief of the air staff, is also a student of this academy.