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Squadron Leader Arun Keshav Sapre

Service No & Branch 4981 F(P)
Date of Birth: 23 Apr 1935 Commissioned: 08 Oct 1955 Course: 66 Course Entry Mode : NDA
Service End: Died in Service 21 Nov 1971
Remarks :
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Jan 1963 - 01 Jan 1965Sqn LdrFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Flying Instructor
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn LdrArun Keshav Sapre4981 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1973Announced 26 Jan 1973
Details :

The late Squadron Leader Arun Keshav Sapre (4981) was commissioned as a Pilot in the Flying Brach of the Indian Air Force in October, 1955. In the earlier part of his AVSM 1974 career, he served as a Pilot in Operational Squadrons. After successfully completing the Test Pilot's Course in the United Kingdom, he was employed as a Test Pilot. He made valuable contributions toward flight testing and also carried out important development trials on a variety of fighter aircraft. He was responsible for successful trials of an aircraft designed and built in India by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.

In March, 1971, Squadron Leader Sapre was detailed to carry out gun firing trials on a fighter aircraft. Despite the fact that he encountered a dangerous control problem at a crucial stage, while firing the guns, he skillfully dealt with the situation and brought the aircraft under control averting a major disaster. On the basis of these trials, he made useful suggestions for improvement in the control system of the aircraft.

In November, 1971, he again carried out 3 successful sorties for the purpose of testing the gun firing system of the aircraft. However, during the fourth sortie, the aircraft went out of control. Squadron Leader Sapre, at great risk to his life, tried to bring the aircraft under control but could not succeed. The aircraft crashed in the sea and he was killed.

Throughout his career, Squadron Leader Arun Keshav Sapre rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit : ASTE
Reference : GoI19730126

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
21 Nov 1971HF-24 MarutD-1206Sqn Ldr Arun Keshav Sapre +
ASTECr during Gun trials
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