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Wing Commander Bal Krishena Dhiman

Service No & Branch 4332 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: 24 Aug 1931 Commissioned: 30 Aug 1952 Course: 58 Course
Service End: Retired on 29 Aug 1972 Died on 03 Jul 2008 (77 Years age) Nick Name : Granny
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Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 30 Aug 1953Flt Lt : 30 Aug 1957Sqn Ldr : 30 Aug 1963Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1970
Badges Qualified
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Notes:1)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 2)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Oct 1958 - 01 Jan 1961Flt LtNo.10 SquadronPalam Flight Commander
- 01 Dec 1961Sqn LdrEmpire Test Pilots School, UKFarnborough Test Pilot Course 20th Course
01 Apr 1965 - 31 Mar 1970Sqn LdrHindustan Aeronatics Limited (Nasik Division)Nasik Chief Test Pilot
20 Dec 1965 - Sqn LdrHALBangalore Test Pilot
01 Apr 1970 - 29 Aug 1972Wg CdrHindustan Aeronatics Limited (Nasik Division)Nasik Chief Test Pilot
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vishist Seva Medal
Wg CdrBal Krishena Dhiman4332 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1972Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

Wing Commander Bal Krishan Dhiman (4332) was commissioned in the Flying Branch (Pilot) of the Air Force in August, 1952. After service in several fighter squadrons, he was given training as a flying instructor, and served in that capacity at a flying training unit. Thereafter, following another period of service in operational squadrons, he was given training as a test pilot. He has since been serving as a test pilot in the Air Force, and since December 1965 with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.

Wing Commander Dhiman was the first Indian Air Force Pilot posted to the Nasik Division of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, where he is actively associated with test flying of MiG-21 FL aircraft in different phases of production. The initiative, courage and dedication to duty shown by him in the discharge of his duties have been of high order. His contribution towards the different phases of production of MiG-21 FL aircraft have been most valuable. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited has been so highly impressed by his professional skill that they were able to return a foreign Test Pilot much earlier than scheduled.

Throughout his career, Wing Commander Bal Krishan Dhiman has rendered distinguished service of a high order, for which he is awarded Vishisht Seva Medal.

Unit : HAL
Reference : GoI19720126No66

Additional Notes

Remarks: Gp Capt Kapil Bhargava (Retd) via email Note added: 2009-02-09

I have just heard that Wg Cdr BK (Granny) Dhiman (24 Aug 31 - 3 Jul 08) passed away earlier this morning (3rd July 2008). He was living in NOIDA and had been rather unwell for some time.

I have very fond memories of fun-loving Granny who came to No. 7 Squadron when I was its flight commander. He is in a circa 1954 photograph (see below) from No. 7 in Halwara, shirtless but with a really impressive moustache. Next to him is the Squadron Commander Micky Blake, similarly dressed – shirtless – sitting on the drop tank of a Vampire.

As a test pilot he flew a large number of MiG-21 aircraft at HAL Nashik after mnuacture and overhaul. My one and only flight in an HPT-32 ten years after retiring from IAF was with Granny at HAL Kanpur in 1986. That was also the last time we met. I will miss him!

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