Former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and his wife Anjali attended on Wednesday the Indian Air Force (IAF) 82nd anniversary celebrations at the Hindon air base in New Delhi, where a robust flypast of aricraft filled the sky.
Sachin Tendulkar is the first sportsperson to be conferred the honourary rank of Group Captain by Indian Air Force.
The aircraft which adorned the sky as part of the flypast included the MIG-21, MIG-29, Sukhoi-30 MKI, Globemaster, Hercules and Mirage 2000 which have performed several air-borne maneuvers like dolphin, cross over, lower, closer and double crisscross mid-air.
“The IAF plays a major role in not only combating external and internal threats but also contributes immensely in aid to civil authorities. We remain deeply committed to our important nation building responsibilities,” said IAF chief Arup Raha.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a message: “On Air Force Day, I salute our air force personnel. They are our pride and their bravery, commitment and dedication continues to inspire.”
But before the parade could start, the border tensions had cast their shadow on the event. Air chief Raha told reporters: “This is a serious issue, the government is taking it seriously, we want a quick resolution”, he said hinting at not much tolerance this time for the defence forces to keep border tensions continue.