Indian Air Force Day is observed on October 8. This year, marks the 90th-anniversary celebration of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

The day and its observance is a matter of pride for Indians and inspire a patriotic zeal among the citizenry for the air arm of the Indian Armed Forces.

Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshall VR Chaudhary, the chief guest, reviewed the parade and announced the creation of a new operational branch of the Air Force.

This is the first time since independence that a new operational branch is being created. This will essentially be for manning of force specialised streams of surface-to-surface missiles

As many as 80 military aircraft and helicopters are on Saturday set to showcase the prowess of the Indian Air Force at a grand event in Chandigarh on the occasion of Air Force Day.

A ceremonial parade was held at the air force station on Saturday morning prior to the air show. Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari inspected the parade.

 The newly inducted indigenously-built Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) "Prachand" will also be a part of the fly-past in a three aircraft formation.

 At the launch of the helicopter, defence minister Rajnath Singh said, “There could not have been a better timing for LCH induction than Navratri and in the land of warriors, Rajasthan.”