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Air Vice Marshal Deepak Balachandra Ajgaonkar

Service No & Branch 13413 LGS
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 14 Jul 1973 Course: 52 GDOC Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Nov 2010 Superannuated
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Jan 1993Gp Capt : 01 Oct 2001Air Cmde : 20 Feb 2006AVM : 02 Mar 2009
Training and Other Courses Attended
41 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 1971
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Jun 2007 - Air Cmde25 Equipment DepotDevlali Air Officer Commanding
01 Feb 2010 - 30 Nov 2010AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Logistics
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn LdrDeepak Balachandra Ajgaonkar13413 LOGSAward Date Announced 26 Jan 1987
Details :

Squadron Leader Deepak Balachandra Ajgaonkar, Parachute Jumping Instructor, has been posted to Aerial Delivery Research & Development Establishment, Agra as a Free Fall Qualified Parachute Jump Instructor with effect from 9 Jan 85. He has to his credit a total of 841 parachute descents inclusive of 285 free falls.

In Apr 85, he was assigned the task of completing an on­going Research and Development project in which Aircrew Parachute Chest Type was to be modified for fitment of an automatic opening device and also to carry out a first ever live trial of an emergency Aircrew Chest Type Parachute. He pursued the aim with extreme dedication and ingenuity. He was instrumental in redesigning the harness to incorporate a back type reserve and also in designing a jettisonable helmet mounted face guard for carrying out the liver trial for this very purpose.

On 29 Apr 86, he successfully carried out the first ever live trial of a chest type aircrew emergency parachute. This trial was the first in the world as per the literature available with the R&D organization. Due to the inherent risk involved, live trials of emergency parachutes are not recommended to be carried out anywhere in the world. Air Headquarters desired that at least one live trial jump should be conducted to instill confidence amongst future potential users, such as different types of aircrew of various types of transport aircraft. Sqn Ldr DB Ajgaonkar volunteered to undertake this pioneering feat which could have caused grave danger to his life.

For this first ever successful courageous attempt, dedication to duty and fruitful utilization of professional skill, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Squadron Leader Deepak Balachandra Ajgaonkar.

Unit : ADRDE
Reference : Gazette of India dated 25th April 1987 - No.37-Pres/87 dated 26th January 1987
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