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Air Marshal Chandra Kant Shantaram Raje

Service No 4038 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 10 Mar 1930
Date Commissioned 19 Jan 1951 Course 54 Course
Service End Retired on 21 May 1986 / Died on 26 Apr 2010
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 19 Jan 1952Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1967Acting Gp Capt : 29 Jan 1973Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1974
Air Cmde : 01 Oct 1977Air Marshal : 01 Feb 1985
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Notes: 1) Ranks shown are substantive ranks at retirement. 2)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 3)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

15 Jan 1968 - 27 Dec 1970Wg CdrAirHQ Communications SquadronPalam Commanding Officer
01 Jan 1973 - 01 Jan 1974Gp Capt Cdr, TAC
01 Jan 1974 - 01 Jan 1976Gp CaptWestern Air CommandDelhi Air-II
01 Jan 1977 - 01 Dec 1977Air CmdeNational Defence CollegeDelhi Staff Course
01 Jan 1978 - 31 Dec 1980Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Ops, Trans & Ma
01 Jan 1981 - 22 Jan 1984AVMAviation Researc CenterDelhi Operations Manager
23 Jan 1984 - 31 Jan 1985AVMDirecrorate General Civil AviationDelhi Director General
01 Feb 1985 - 21 May 1986Air MshlDirecrorate General Civil AviationDelhi Director General
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn LdrChandra Kant Shantaram Raje4038 GD(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1964Announced 26 Jan 1964
Details :

Squadron Leader Chandrakant Shantaram Raje has been operating in J & K area with transport units since 1956 and he is now on his third operational tour. He has carried out over 1000 hours on operational in J & K area. He holds a Master Green Instrument Rating and 'A' category on transport aircraft. He was one of the few pilots who flew a large number of sorties uplifting awkward and non-ejectionable loads like trucks, girders and road rollers to remote and high altitude Advance Landing Grounds like Chushul and Fukche.

In October, 1961, one of our Packet aircraft had forceƂĀ­landed at Kargil which is normally only fit for use by Dakotas. Squadron Leader Raje volunteered to retrieve this aircraft. It was an extremely difficult and hazardous task due to the very short length of runway, steep hills on all sides and having only a very narrow valley to climb after take-off. This officer displayed great skill and devotion to duty in bringing out the aircraft safely to base.

In July, 1962, Squadron Leader Raje was associated with the evaluation of the Packet aircraft fitted with Jet Pack and was called upon to land and takeƂĀ­off from the world's highest improvised landing strip at Daulet Beg Oldi, situated at an altitude of 16800 feet. He performed the task admirably. Squadron Leader Chandrakant Shantaram Raje has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19640126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalChandra Kant Shantaram Raje4038 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1987Announced 26 Jan 1987
Details :

Air Marshal Chandrakant Shantaram Raje was commissioned in the Air Force in 1951. During his long and illustrious career he has held number of important operational, instructional and staff appointments.

For his meticulous planning and foresight in undertaking trials of transport aircraft and evolving new techniques for supply, dropping and landing in the most difficult and demanding landing grounds during the 1962 operations, he was awarded AVSM.

After completing his tenure as Operation Manager in Aviation Research Centre, he took over as Director General of Civil Aviation in January 1984. He was instrumental in restructuring and streamlining the organisation to meet the country's fast growing civil aviation requirements.

He also acted as an Adviser to the Government of India on policy am technical matter relating to civil aviation.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19870126

Additional Notes

Remarks: Obituary Notice (AVM Hamid Shahul via email) Note added: 2010-04-29

I am very sad to inform you all that Air Marshal CKS Raje, died in the RR Hospital, Delhi Cantt, on 26 April 2010. May his soul rest in peace, Amen. He had complications in respect of Kidneys as well as serious cardiac problems. He is survived by his wife and two sons, Milan a Doctor of Medicine working in Sharjah and Manoj settled in Chandigarh.
Air Marshal's name was synonymous with C119 G, Packet aircraft. He landed at the highest airfield in the world with this machine. The airfield is Daulat Bigoldi, height over 14000 feet. His name is recorded in the Guinness Book of Records. It is a mere coincidence that Air Cmde Chacko who breathed his last recently was intimately connected with Air Marshal Raje. Both were involved with the manufacturers in fitting the Jet Pack on the Packet aircraft. After many fatal accidents, the Jet Pack was indeed a tremendous Add On to safety and brought cheer to 12 Squadron. The number of accidents reduced tremendously. Air Cmde Chacko had bet his life on that Jet Pack and sure enough it paid dividends. Air Force Historians should recorded these two individuals in golden letters while writing Transport Support Operations in the J &K Sector.
Rajiv Gandhi our late PM was great admirer of Air Marshal Raje. When he became the PM he brought Air Marshal to the Civil Aviation as the DGCA. Like late Air Marshal  J Zaheer, Raje too brought a shine to the Regulatory function. Rajiv Gandhi, being a forward looking person, appointed Air Marshal Raje as the Chairman of the Committee to suggest changes to the Civil Aviation Sector. Raje in 1984 suggested that India should have Civil Aviation Authority of India. An unanimous proposal was sent to the Govt. Before it reached the PM, the powers be, who wear two hats, one as a member of the Committee and the other as a Addl/Joint Secretary to the Government justified just the opposite as to what was recommended. Unfortunately Rajiv Gandhi buckled under beauracratic pressure. and instead he created National Airports Authority( NAA).of which he made Air Marshal Raje as the First Chairman. Where as International Airports Authority( IAA) was headed by a Chairman with Schedule B status, and Rajiv Gandhi made National Airports Authority as Schedule A much to the unhappiness of some in the ministry I am told.. Ironically Air HQ's Sent senior Air Marshals to IAA as the Chairman later on, which is equivalent to Addl Secretary. 
For paucity of time I must stop now and will, later on write about Air Marshal Raje's contributions to the Civil Aviation and the Country.
May the Almighty bless Air Marshal Raje's soul and give courage to his family to bear this loss. Amen.