33 Wing


Date Raised : 1978-04-22 Location : Jamnagar
After Independence, the IAF setup the Armament Training Wing for Air to Ground and Air to Air Armament training. It had an air to ground range at Sarmat and and air to air range in gulf of Kutch near the coastal strip of Jodhya - Balachandi. The ATW had a staff of PAIs (Pilot Attack instructors) who conducted the training. It has no aircrafts of its own except a few Dakotas. The ATW staff was considered the cream the fighter pilots. In 1957-58 a PAI School (Pilot Attack Instructors) was formed to train instructors. A new Air to Air range was bought into Gulf of Arabia. In 1964, a new operational Conversion Units (OCU) was formed with Hunter aircraft. the PAI school was closed in 1975. OCU moved out and TACDE moved in. On 22 April 1978, ATW was converted into a operational wing by the name of 33 Wing.
Unit previously existed as ATW

Commanding Officers

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DatesRank & NameNumberRemarksLocationPhoto
02 Jan 78 to 25 Mar 79Group Captain Bhupendra Kumar Bishnoi4594 F(P)Stn CdrJamnagar
26 Mar 79 to 15 Feb 81Air Commodore Pattathil Venugopal4431 F(P)AOCJamnagar
16 Feb 81 to 15 Aug 83Air Commodore Tapas Kumar Sen4475 F(P)AOCJamnagar
16 Aug 83 to 01 Jan 85Air Commodore Dushyant Singh5048 F(P)AOCJamnagar
02 Jan 85 to 11 Jan 87Air Commodore Prabhat Kumar Varma4822 F(P)AOCJamnagar
12 Jan 87 to 11 Jan 89Air Commodore Prithvi Singh Brar6007 F(P)AOCJamnagar
12 Jan 89 to 30 Dec 90Air Commodore Trevor Raymond Joseph Osman6005 F(P)AOCJamnagar
31 Dec 90 to 20 Jun 93Air Commodore Shashindra Pal Tyagi8130 F(P)AOCJamnagar
21 Jun 93 to 26 Nov 95Air Commodore Kurumthodathil Cherian Phillipose7702 F(P)AOCJamnagar
27 Nov 95 to 30 Dec 96Air Commodore Surendra Singh Tyagi9467 F(P)AOCJamnagar
31 Dec 96 to 29 Dec 97Air Commodore Mohan Dikshit11309 F(P)AOCJamnagar
30 Dec 97 to 16 Dec 99Air Commodore Shiv Kumar Bhan12510 F(P)AOCJamnagar
17 Dec 99 to 26 Aug 01Air Commodore Udoy Narayan Ganguly12381 F(P)AOCJamnagar
26 Aug 01 to 15 Aug 03Air Commodore Ajay Shrivniwas Karnik13140 F(P)AOCJamnagar
16 Oct 03 to 19 Jun 05Air Commodore Amul Kapoor13378 F(P)AOCJamnagar
20 Jun 05 to 01 Apr 07Air Commodore Devinder Singh14284 F(P)AOCJamnagar
02 Apr 07 to 20 Apr 08Air Commodore Ravi Kant Sharma14088 F(P)AOCJamnagar
21 Apr 08 to 28 Dec 09Air Commodore Chandrashekharan Hari Kumar15881 F(P)AOCJamnagar
29 Dec 09 to 30 Jan 11Air Commodore Devendra Singh Rawat16242 F(P)AOCJamnagar
31 Jan 11 to 18 Dec 11Air Commodore Raghunath Nambiar16378 F(P)AOCJamnagar
19 Dec 11 to 19 Oct 14Air Commodore Pravin Ramehandra Navalkar17173 F(P)AOCJamnagar
20 Oct 14 to 31 Jul 17Air Commodore Sanjay Nimesh17862 F(P)AOCJamnagar
01 Aug 17 to 05 Jun 18Air Commodore Sanjai Chauhan20466 F(P)AOCJamnagar

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