Thursday, September 24, 2009


Some one forwarded this video to me and I thought of sharing this with you.

It gives some good snapshots of what the IAF is all about. Of course, it shows only the glamour part here; the hard work that goes into keeping these glamorous machines airborne, and flying for the purpose for which the IAF has been authorised by the people of India can only be sensed.

So, let the video talk - please keep your sound ON.


How do we know said...

wow!!! wow!! wow!!! THank you for sharing this..

Chrysalis said...

Sir loved the video. My Husband's brother is a Wing Cdr. in the IAF and we are so proud of him.
On the other hand I would love if you would write a piece on why so many pilots take VRS? The Air Chief said there are presently 100 apllications or more for VRS and he mentioned the difficult promotion structure....could u enlighten.

Balvinder Singh said...

"When you call on me,
when you reach for me,
I get the wings,
And I get the feeling
That I am alive".

Wow !! what other words to express the call of duty by the brave force of IAF. Superb video. Thanks for sharing.

Soli said...

Thanks Mr. Joshi for this video.

My Dad too a retired Air Force Officer.

J P Joshi said...

Thank you all for your comments.

Chrysalis: The defence forces have a pyramidical structure, like every other organisation, but this pyramid becomes very steep as one reaches the higher ranks - there can be only one Chief, at the top. This is not bad enough, but then to maintain the age profile of the services, the people who donot make the next rank have to retire at certain ages, starting at age 48 for IAF officers - this is too young, where you are neither here nor in high school/ college and still dependent; so, once people finish 20 years of pensionable service (this corresponds to about 40 - 45 years of age), they start looking for opportunities in the civvy street, where they can continue to serve upto age 60 - 65. Pilots had a great window of opportunity during the past about 4 - 5 years due to rapid expansion in the civil aviation and thus most thought it prudent to quit, but this has slowed down now, with the opporunities slowing down outside and better pay and perks in the defence forces, after the sixth pay commission. This is a very simplistic view though.....

J P Joshi said...

Soli: Good to know that your dad too served in the IAF - what's his name - maybe we served together at someplace.