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Indian Air Force Day 2010 October 8 - IAF Day India

Today October 8, 2010 is celebrated as the Indian Airforce day. It commomerates the founding of the Indian Air Force on 8 October 1932.

IAF was constituted as the Royal Indian Air Force with a small group of six officer, nineteen airmen and four Wapiti aircraft in 1932 before Indian Independence.

With strength of approximately 170,000 personnel and 1,300 aircraft, the Indian Air Force is the world's fourth largest air force after the United States Air Force, Russian Air Force and China's People's Liberation Army Air Force.

The President of India serves as the Commander-in-Chief of the IAF. The Chief of Air Staff, an Air Chief Marshal (ACM), is a four star commander and commands the Air Force.

The Indian Air Force has the following Commands under it

Operational Commands
Central Air Command (CAC), headquartered at Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
Eastern Air Command (EAC), headquartered at Shillong, Meghalaya
Southern Air Command (SAC), headquartered at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
South Western Air Command (SWAC), headquartered at Gandhinagar, Gujarat
Western Air Command (WAC), headquartered at Subroto Park, New Delhi

Functional Commands
Training Command (TC), headquartered at Bangalore, Karnataka

The other Indian forces celebrates their founding days on Army Day (January 15), the Navy Day (December 4) respectively.

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