No.26 Squadron Warriors

Motto : Yudhyasva Vigatha Jwar (Wage war with all efforts)
Date Raised : 1968-01-01
No. 26 Sqn, AF was formed under the command of Wg Cdr MM Singh, on 1st of Jan 1968 at Adampur. It was the first Sqn in the IAF to be equipped with the indomitable SU-7 aircraft. Four officers and 35 men caught the Magic Carpet flight out of India on 23 April 1967 & spent their time under training at Loogavaya, Frunze, Alma Ata & Krasnodar. The officer at the head of the batch was Sqn Ldr R Ramamurthy. Until mid 1971, the Sqn was the type training Sqn,which helped in to train, convert & equip other SU-7 Sqns of IAF

Commanding Officers

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DatesRank & NameNumberRemarksLocationPhoto
10 Jan 68 to 10 Mar 68Wing Commander Man Mohan Singh4023 F(P)COAdampur
11 Mar 68 to 29 Nov 70Wing Commander Mohinder Singh Bawa4494 F(P)COAdampur
30 Nov 70 to 13 Jan 72Wing Commander Ram Krishna Batra4715 F(P)COAdampur
14 Jan 72 to 10 May 74Wing Commander Arya Bhushan Lamba4713 F(P)CO
26 May 76 to 29 Oct 78Wing Commander Chandra Sekhar Doraiswamy5601 F(P)CO
30 Oct 78 to 16 Apr 80Wing Commander Kukke Sreekantasastry Suresh6742 F(P)COPathankot
17 Apr 80 to 08 Jun 82Wing Commander Nagina Singh Matharhoo8180 F(P)COPathankot
09 Jun 82 to 18 Jun 83Wing Commander Surjit Singh8148 F(P)COPathankot
19 Jun 83 to 23 Nov 86Wing Commander Ashok Kumar Talwar9057 F(P)COPathankot
24 Nov 86 to 18 Dec 88Wing Commander Pradeep Vasant Naik12005 F(P)COPathankot
19 Dec 88 to 30 Sep 90Wing Commander Shah Baig Singh Paul11857 F(P)COPathankot
01 Oct 90 to 25 Oct 92Wing Commander Pushpendra Singh12512 F(P)COPathankot
26 Oct 92 to 16 Oct 94Wing Commander Mukesh Bhandari13380 F(P)COPathankot
17 Oct 94 to 21 Oct 96Wing Commander Rajesh Chidambaram13924 F(P)COPathankot
22 Oct 96 to 11 Oct 98Wing Commander Amit Aneja14668 F(P)COPathankot
12 Oct 98 to 08 Apr 01Wing Commander Chetan Bali15708 F(P)COPathankot
09 Apr 01 to 28 Jul 02Wing Commander Rohit Verma16029 F(P)COPathankot
Unknown to Wing Commander #N/ACOPathankot
19 Jul 04 to 14 May 06Wing Commander Makarand Ranade18586 F(P)COPathankot

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