The Indian Air Force will formally induct its first three C-17 Globemaster III heavy transports at the Hindon air force base tomorrow morning. The new squadron has been numbered and named 81 Squadron ‘Skylords‘. The squadron number is likely to have been chosen to mark the IAF’s 81st year.
According to a colleague on the defence beat, the new squadron’s motto runs: Saksham, Balam, Sarvatram. That’s Sanskrit for ‘Capable, Powerful, Omnipresent’.
Congratulations, godspeed and happy landings to the IAF, the Skylords and all those involved with C-17 operations!