Sri Lanka Air Force celebrates 67th Anniversary
The Sri Lanka
Air Force (SLAF) celebrates its
67th Anniversary today (02nd
March). Special 'Air Force Day'
celebrations are held at all Air
Force Stations in the country
while the main ceremony was held
at the SLAF Headquarters in
According to Air Force media, a ceremony was held at
the SLAF HQ with the participation of the Commander of the Sri Lanka Air
Force, Air Marshal Kapila Jayampathy. This year the 'Air Forces Tattoo'
is scheduled to be held at the SLAF Station in Ampara from 03rd to 05th
(March). The Air Force Tattoo will include special events including air
craft fly past, aero and parachute displays, cultural, drill and band
displays and Special Forces displays. It will be open to the public free
of charge from 2 pm to 11 pm during the three day period.
The annual Guwan Hamuda Papadi Sawariya- 2018 cycle
race is also being held to coincide with the anniversary celebrations.
It was flagged off by the Commander of the Air Force opposite the Air
Force HQ this morning. The race is one of the main cycling events in the
country and is being held for the 19th consecutive year. The three-day
race will see competitors cover a distance of 447.4 km from Colombo to
Ampara. The women's segment will commence in Batticaloa on Sunday and
end in Ampara on the same day.
The Royal Ceylon Air Force was established on 02nd
March 1951. The founding of the Royal Ceylon Air Force began with the
presentation of 41 of 49; Bill No. 41 of 1949, which was presented to
Ceylon's House of Representatives, by Mr R.G.Senanayake, Parliamentary
Secretary to the Minister of Defence and External Affairs on 9th August
The Bill was read in the House for the second time on
30th August 1949. The Bill provided for a Regular Air Force, a Regular
Air Force Reserve, a Volunteer Air Force and a Volunteer Air Force
Reserve. The RCyAF thus became the youngest of the Defence Services of
Ceylon. The Governor-General, Lord Soulbury, ratified the Bill on 3rd
October 1949 and the legislative work was at last, complete and thus the
Air Force Act was born.