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Defence in the sky

VIKAS S. KHATRI

In the early dawn of our freedom struggle, our statesman and leaders, envisioning a strong independent India, prevailed upon the Government to form an Air Force. This vision became a reality on October 8, 1932 with the Indian Air Force Act becoming effective and the commissioning of the first batch of Indian pilots at Cranwell in the United Kingdom.

The outbreak of World War II brought about a rapid expansion of the IAF. From only six flights in 1939, its strength rose to seven full squadrons in 1943 and to ten squadrons in six flights in 1939, its strength rose to seven full squadrons in 1943 and to ten squadrons in 1945.

The IAF, sustained by the great patriotism of the people of India, face the future with confidence. It is self - reliant with modern, sophisticated aircraft being built in Indian factories. Its personnel train hard to touch the Indian skies with glory.

The Posts and Telegraphs Department issued a commemorative stamp on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the Indian Air Force.

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