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Air Vice Marshal Kamal Khanna

Service No 5795 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 21 Mar 1940
Date Commissioned 19 Dec 1959 Course 76 Course
Service End Retired on 31 Mar 1996
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Aug 1979Acting Gp Capt : 03 Apr 1983Gp Capt : 21 Jun 1982Air Cmde : 02 May 1987
Acting AVM : 06 Dec 1991AVM : 01 Apr 1992
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

07 Jun 1977 - 02 Feb 1981Wg CdrNo.18 SquadronSrinagar Commanding Officer
- Air Cmde5 WingKalaikunda Air Officer Commanding
06 Dec 1991 - 12 Nov 1993AVMNational Defence AcademyPune Deputy Commandant & Chief Instructor
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg Cdr Kamal Khanna5795 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1979
Details :

Wing Commander Kamal Khanna was detailed on the 12th August, 1977, to carry out engine check on a Gnat aircraft. While carrying out aerobatics, he noticed that Jet Pipe Temperature was high. He decided to return to base. While returning, he experienced buffeting of the nose, revolutions per minute unwinding and JPT going up against the stop. This engine failure was coupled with hydraulic failure and oil pressure dolls eye turning white. Despite so many emergencies, Wing Commander Kamal Khanna kept cool and decided to force land the aircraft on the airfield instead of ejecting. He handled this serious emergency with utmost competence and landed the aircraft safely.

In this action Wing Commander Kamal Khanna displayed exemplary courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of an exceptional order.

Unit : 18 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 19th January 1980 - No.7- Pres/80 dated 26th January 1979