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Historic moment: Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal F. H. Major (right) and Air Marshal B. N. Gokhale inaugurating the IAF Platinum Jubilee Capsule in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Historic moment: Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal F. H. Major (right) and Air Marshal B. N. Gokhale inaugurating the IAF Platinum Jubilee Capsule in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Bindu Shajan Perappadan

NEW DELHI: Preserving its history and contribution to the nation in style, the Indian Air Force on Wednesday concluded its year-long celebrations marking the 75th anniversary of its raising by unveiling the Platinum Jubilee Capsule at the Air Force Museum here.

The capsule -- cast in stainless steel with a platinum-like finish -- contains a historical record of major activities conducted during the platinum jubilee of the IAF this year and a record of activities since the diamond jubilee in 1992.

Digital data

The data for the platinum jubilee capsule is stored in digital format as well as in printed copies. They are stored in an inner chamber of the capsule under pressurised nitrogen to prevent deterioration over time.

“As was done after the IAF golden and diamond jubilee celebrations, it was decided to place a historical record of the platinum jubilee celebrations in a time capsule to be opened on the centenary of the IAF in 2032,” said the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal F.H. Major, unveiling the capsule.

“The ideas is to record historical events of the past 15 years from 1992 and keep a track of our contribution to the nation and growth. We are preserving our glorious history.” Placed in the country’s one-of-its-kind IAF museum at Palam, the capsule shares space with records that depict the glorious past of the IAF and highlights its achievements including World War II, the wars of 1965 and 1971 with Pakistan, and the Kargil operation in 1999.

Said Vice-Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Bhushan Nilkanth Gokhale: “In addition to the several events and activities that were organised across the country as part of the celebrations, a number of welfare measures were introduced. These included creation of new scholarships for various categories of school children, increase in the amounts of existing scholarships and up-gradation of facilities at the special wings of Air Force Schools catering to children with special needs. Among the highlights was the performance of the bands at India Gate. Also a first of its kind military music festival was organised.”

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