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Air Chief Marshal Fali Homi Major

Service No 11442 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 29 May 1947
Date Commissioned 31 Dec 1967 Course 98 Course
Service End Retired on 31 May 2009
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Dec 1986Gp Capt : 01 Jul 1991Air Cmde : 03 Feb 1997AVM : 04 Feb 2002
Air Marshal : 01 Apr 2004C-in-C : 05 Sep 2005Air Chief Marshal : 31 Mar 2007
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
10 Jun 1985 - 13 Jul 1987Wg CdrNo.127 Helicopter UnitHindon CO 1st CO
- Gp Capt30 WingSarsawa (Saharanpur) Stn Cdr
11 Oct 1989 - 30 Jun 1991Gp CaptNo.129 Helicopter UnitHindon CO
01 Sep 1999 - Air Cmde21 WingLeh AOC
04 Feb 2002 - 31 Dec 2003AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi ACAS(PAC)
01 Jan 2004 - 04 Sep 2005Air MshlIntegrated Defence StaffNew Delhi DCIDS (OPS)
05 Sep 2005 - 30 Mar 2007Air MshlEastern Air CommandShillong AOC-in-C
31 Mar 2007 - 31 May 2009Air Chf MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi CAS
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 4
    
Vayu Sena Medal
Gp CaptFali Homi Major11442 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1992
Details :

Gp Capt Fali Homi Major, a helicopter pilot, raised and commanded the first Mi-17 Helicopter Unit in the IAF in 1985. He now commands one of the Helicopter Units in the Air Force.

Immediately after taking over command of his present unit, he proceeded to Sri Lanka, where his unit was operating in the offensive and logistic support role in support of "OP Pawan". He personally flew a number of operational sorties and supervised the functioning of the detachment there. It was largely due to his personal example and leadership qualities that the unit won many laurels including the appreciation of AOCin-C, WAC, AOC-in-C, SAC and the award of the prestigious IPKF standard.

In Feb 1990, the unit was inducted directly from Sri Lanka to Srinagar in support of "OP Rakshak". Gp Capt Major ensured that his aircrew were trained on the armament role of the aircraft in the shortest possible time to meet the requirement for armed "Internal Security" duties. He flew extensively in the area of operation and closely supervised the conduct of various operations.

Besides "OP Rakshak", his unit also operates in support of "OP Meghdoot". Gp Capt Major was instrumental in evaluating the Mi-17 helicopter in high altitudes and formulating SOPs and tactics in 1985. Today, with his sound knowledge and extensive flying in the area, his unit is doing yeoman service in support of "OP Meghdoot".

As the Task Force Commander of Exercise "Sky Hawk" in Nov 1990, he created some kind of a record by launching 302 night SHBO missions involving 900 combat troops with a force-level of 21 helicopters. His profes sionalism and direction ensured 100% mission accomplishment without an accident/incident and with a clock-work precision.

For his dynamic leadership, exceptional devotion to duty, professionalism and undaunted efforts to enhance the image of the IAF Helicopter Fleet, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Gp Capt FH Major.

Unit : 127 HU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 11th April 1992 - No.29-Pres/92 dated 26th January 1992
Shaurya Chakra
Gp CaptFali Homi Major11442 F(P)Award Date 14 Oct 1992Announced 26 Jan 1993
Details :

On 13th Oct 1992, he was asked to undertake a very dangerous and exacting rescue mission at Pawanoo (HP). The hauling cable of the cable car carrying passengers to Timber Trail resort had snapped and ten passengers were stranded in the cable car hanging at a height of 1300 feet. He took off at about 0800 hours with qualified aircrew and role equipment and landed at Chandimandir at 0850 hours. He very quickly analysed the situation and concluded that the only way the tourist could be evacuated was by the way of winching them out of the cable car. Using his vast experience and exceptional flying ability, he deduced that the helicopter would have to hover precariously close to the set of cables that ran above the cable car. It was one of the hardest decisions he ever made. Gp Capt Major decided to launch the Mi-17 to rescue the stranded tourists. He briefed the crew thoroughly and advised them that the consequences of any lapse would be fatal. He motivated them and raised their morale. He became an integral part of the aircrew and even flew the missions.

Under his supervision, Mi-17 helicopter successfully rescued five stranded tourists on the 14th October 1992 and the remaining tourists were rescued on the next day.

Group Captain Fali Homi Major has thus rendered a yeoman's service by his able leadership and conspicuous courage.

Unit : 30 Wing
Reference : Gazette of India , 8th May 1993 - No.66 - Pres/93 dated 26th January 1993
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeFali Homi Major11442 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2002Announced 26 Jan 2002
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalFali Homi Major11442 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2006Announced 26 Jan 2006
Details : AOC-in-C EAC
Unit : EAC
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