40 Wing

Date Raised : 1982-11-20 Location : Maharajpur (Gwalior)
Gwalior airfield was constructed just before WWII and commisioned around 1940. At the start of WWII, the airfield was occupied by RAF Sqn commanded by Sqn ldr Shephard. Towards the end of the war, No. 7 Sqn, IAF was briefly situated here under Sqn ldr Hassan. Towards 1949-50, Maharajpur (Gwalior) was approved to be setup as 5 Wing, IAF to be home to the No. 5 Heavy Bomber Sqn of the IAF. However, the project did not fructify and Maharajpur did not become a flying base.

In 1962, no. 3 AFSB was raised here and started functioning from the residency complex. AFSB moved out in Sep 1965. 2 BRD came up in April 1963 and 34 ED to support it. Between 1982 and 1986, 11 Sqn made Gwalior its home.

40 Wing was officially formed on 28 nov 1982. The station upgraded its facilities over the next few years to accomodate the Mirage-2000 sqns that made Gwalior its home from 1985-86 onwards. G/C PK Mani was frist stn cdr in early 80s.

Commanding Officers

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DatesRank & NameNumberRemarksLocationPhoto
10 Dec 83 to 29 Nov 86Air Commodore Denzil Joseph Keelor4805 F(P)AOCMaharajpur (Gwalior)
15 Dec 86 to 29 Dec 88Air Commodore Anil Yeshwant Tipnis5859 F(P)AOCMaharajpur (Gwalior)
16 Jan 89 to 26 Jun 90Air Commodore Kodendera Cariappa Cariappa5376 F(P)AOCMaharajpur (Gwalior)
27 Jun 90 to 21 Nov 91Air Commodore Bharat Kumar5787 F(P)AOCMaharajpur (Gwalior)
21 Nov 91 to 02 Jan 94Air Commodore Adi Rustomji Ghandhi7722 F(P)AOCMaharajpur (Gwalior)
03 Jan 94 to 05 Feb 95Air Commodore Ajit Kumar Manohar Raje9050 F(P)AOCMaharajpur (Gwalior)
06 Feb 95 to 11 Jan 97Air Commodore Subhash Bhojwani9734 F(P)AOCMaharajpur (Gwalior)
12 Jan 97 to 29 Mar 98Air Commodore Ajit Bhavnani10440 F(P)AOCMaharajpur (Gwalior)
31 Mar 98 to 06 Jan 00Air Commodore Padamjit Singh Ahluwalia11631 F(P)AOCMaharajpur (Gwalior)
07 Jan 00 to 25 Mar 02Air Commodore Yashwant Rao Rane12210 F(P)AOCMaharajpur (Gwalior)
26 Mar 02 to 02 Feb 04Air Commodore Jasbir Singh Panesar13370 F(P)AOCMaharajpur (Gwalior)
02 Feb 04 to 01 Jan 06Air Commodore Satya Prakash Rajguru13765 F(P)AOCMaharajpur (Gwalior)
02 Jan 06 to 22 Jan 07Air Commodore Keshav Gopal Bewoor13570 F(P)AOCMaharajpur (Gwalior)
01 Jan 07 to 11 Jan 09Air Commodore Daljit Singh14553 F(P)AOCMaharajpur (Gwalior)
12 Jan 09 to 23 May 10Air Commodore Sanderraman Neelakantan15184 F(P)AOCMaharajpur (Gwalior)
24 May 10 to 15 Nov 11Air Commodore Neeraj Yadav16399 F(P)AOCMaharajpur (Gwalior)
15 Nov 11 to 11 May 14Air Commodore Pankaj Mohan Sinha17842 F(P)AOCMaharajpur (Gwalior)
12 May 14 to 31 Jul 16Air Commodore Harpreet Singh Basra19174 F(P)AOCMaharajpur (Gwalior)
01 Aug 16 to 01 Jul 18Air Commodore ----------------99999 AOCMaharajpur (Gwalior)
02 Jul 18 to 15 May 19Air Commodore Dhananjai Vishnu Wani18568 F(P)AOCMaharajpur (Gwalior)
16 May 19 to Air Commodore ----------------99999 AOCMaharajpur (Gwalior)
Unknown to Air Commodore ----------------99999 AOCMaharajpur (Gwalior)

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