Conversion Training Unit

Date Raised : 1951-08-03 Disbanded : 1958-07-24 Location : Hakimpet
One of the oldest stations of IAF is pride of country which trains the cadets and officers of IAF & Indian Navy into fighter flying and Indian Navy & Coast Guard into the art of rotary winged flying. Keeping pace with the dynamic continuum of aviation technology, the conversion training unit of 1952 developed into the Jet training wing in 1958, the Fighter Training Wing in 1968 and finally into the present day AFS Hakimpet in 1983. The Fighter Training Wing (FTW), previously known as the conversion training unit is the alma mater of all the fighter pilots of the Indian Air Force. In 1951 the unit was formed to groom fighter pilots to fly the spitfire and the tempest trainers. At the end of 1952 the tempests was phased out. The Vampires were inducted in 1954. Air Commodore P C Lal the then Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Training Command, Indian Air Force inaugurated the newly constructed runway at Hakimpet by landing a Vampire aircraft. Trainees from Air Force Flying College Jodhpur arrived as Flight Cadets and on successful completion of their training were commissioned and awarded wings at this station. The phasing out of high fidelity vampires took place in 1975. In July of the same year 12 Kiran aircraft arrived at the Station and in October the Polish Iskra were inducted. The FTW began to conduct stage IIA training on Iskra and Kiran MK II aircraft for the newly commissioned officers of the fighter stream who after the completion of their course are tasked with protecting the nations sky with the state-of-the-art fighter aircraft. The aim of the training is to teach flying a jet aircraft as a weapon platform in war. With this aim in mind the trainees are taught elementary tactical flying and basic armament. Led by their chief instructor, team of handpicked flying instructors takes great care in the development of these budding fighter pilots. Starting form 1951 till 1976 the Station had six aircraft on its inventory- Vampire, Iskra, Spitfire, Tempest, Alouette and Kiran. A milestone in the annals of Hakimpet was the arrival of Helicopter Training School (HTS) in 1973. HTS was raised at Palam in May 1962 as Helicopter Training Unit. In 1967 it moved to Jodhpur as Helicopter Training School. This unit is the alma mater of all the helicopter pilots in Indian Air Force and the Indian Army. In the first six months the trainee pilots are taught operational flying and are prepared to operate the helicopter in all its operational roles. Initially the flying training was imparted on BELL 47G3 helicopter and subsequently on Chetak helicopters. The HTS has been called upon to provide aid to civil authorities in times of distress and natural calamities such as flood, earthquake, drought etc., and provided much needed relief to the affected people on numerous occasions. The station also houses Technical Type Training (TETTRA) School to provide technical type of training to the prospective Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Air Force pilots prior to commencing their flying training. The school is equipped with state-of-the-art teaching aids ranging from working models, x-ray models of various systems; computer based simulators and cut out full-scale models of aircraft. Air Force Station Hakimpet also houses a training facility for the training of Non-Technical Air Warriors in the Non Technical Training Institute (NTTI). The NTTI is also headed by a Chief instructor and provides training for over 200 airmen trainees in Administrative Assistant trade.

Commanding Officers

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DatesRank & NameNumberRemarksLocationPhoto
03 Aug 51 to 29 Sep 52Squadron Leader Zafar Ahmed Shah1805 GD(P)CIHakimpet
30 Sep 52 to 06 Jan 53Wing Commander Zafar Ahmed Shah1805 GD(P)CIHakimpet
07 Jan 53 to 08 Aug 53Wing Commander Ajoy Kumar Bose2432 GD(P)CIHakimpet
09 Aug 53 to 14 Apr 57Wing Commander Charandas Gurudas Devashar1867 F(P)CIHakimpet
15 Apr 57 to 24 Jul 58Wing Commander Anand Ramdas Pandit1707 F(P)CIHakimpet
Unit continued existence as 1 JTW

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