Flying Instructors School

Date Raised : 1948-04-01 Location : Tambaram
During October 1954, when it was running the 15th All Purpose Flying Instructors Course, it was also ordered to move down south to Tambaram. From its inception till its move to Tambaram, it had conducted fourteen courses; a rate of a little more than two training courses per year. Initially it had produced only about five instructors per course and that had slowly increased to about 9 for the 15th course. The needs of the Air Force were increasing by leaps and bounds. More instructors were urgently needed. Therefore, now that the unit was located in a place where it had room to expand, the intake was substantially increased for the 16th APFI course to a pupil-strength of 25 including one officer from the Army.

Aircraft Types operated over the years:

Commanding Officers

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DatesRank & NameNumberRemarksLocationPhoto
01 Apr 48 to 15 Jan 49Flight Lieutenant Leslie Richard Dickinson Blunt1994 GD(P)COAmbala
15 Jan 49 to 07 Apr 49Flight Lieutenant Trilok Nath Bhanot2380 GD(P)COAmbala
08 Apr 49 to 09 Dec 49Flight Lieutenant Hemonto Kumar Bose2348 GD(P)COAmbala
09 Dec 49 to 05 Jun 51Squadron Leader Hemonto Kumar Bose2348 GD(P)COAmbala
06 Jun 51 to 17 Aug 51Squadron Leader Leslie Richard Dickinson Blunt1994 GD(P)COAmbala
16 Aug 51 to 04 Oct 53Squadron Leader Jaspal Singh2451 GD(P)COAmbala
05 Oct 53 to 16 May 57Squadron Leader Walter Joseph Fernandes2713 GD(P)COAmbala/ Tambaram
17 May 57 to 22 Jan 60Squadron Leader Krishan Lal Suri2907 GD(P)COTambaram
22 Jan 60 to 09 Jul 62Squadron Leader Reginald John Manual Upot3599 GD(P)COTambaram
09 Jul 62 to 10 Mar 65Wing Commander Narendra Bahadur Singh2971 GD(P)COTambaram
10 Mar 65 to 22 Apr 67Wing Commander Evans Lionel Birch3487 GD(P)COTambaram
22 Apr 67 to 16 Dec 68Wing Commander Prabhakar Jaywant Jakatdar4237 GD(P)COTambaram
16 Dec 68 to 23 Oct 71Wing Commander John Philipose4477 GD(P)COTambaram
23 Oct 71 to 20 May 74Wing Commander Prakash Dev Dogra4250 GD(P)COTambaram
20 May 74 to 16 Feb 76Wing Commander Debabrata Sen Gupta4979 GD(P)COTambaram
16 Feb 76 to 30 Aug 76Wing Commander Tapas Kumar Sen4475 GD(P)COTambaram
30 Aug 76 to 18 Mar 77Group Captain Tapas Kumar Sen4475 GD(P)COTambaram
18 Mar 77 to 20 Jun 77Wing Commander Madhabendra Banerji4898 GD(P)COTambaram
20 Jun 77 to 01 Nov 80Group Captain Madhabendra Banerji4898 GD(P)COTambaram
01 Nov 80 to 02 Jan 82Group Captain Narendra Narayan Ubgade4878 GD(P)COTambaram
02 Jan 82 to 09 Apr 84Group Captain Thupakulu Narasimhulu Bhavani Shankar5060 GD(P)COTambaram
09 Apr 84 to 15 Feb 88Group Captain Ranjit Kumar Malhotra6513 GD(P)COTambaram
15 Feb 88 to 27 Mar 90Group Captain Manayanthara Kunjanpillai Raghava Menon8766 GD(P)COTambaram
27 Mar 90 to 07 Dec 92Group Captain Ajit Kumar Manohar Raje9050 GD(P)COTambaram
07 Dec 92 to 20 Feb 95Group Captain Murali Sundaram12369 GD(P)COTambaram
20 Feb 95 to 16 Dec 96Group Captain Anil Gupta13242 F(P)COTambaram
16 Dec 96 to 05 Jul 99Group Captain Krishna Kumar Swaminathan13251 F(P)COTambaram
05 Jul 99 to 31 Oct 01Group Captain Vikas Krishna Rao Yajurvedi13248 F(P)COTambaram
01 Nov 01 to 15 Jun 03Group Captain Kuldeep Malik15181 F(P)COTambaram
15 Jun 03 to 20 Apr 05Group Captain Anup Ghosh15563 F(P)COTambaram
20 Apr 05 to 31 Jul 07Group Captain Harikamal Jeet Singh Sokhey15858 F(P)COTambaram
01 Aug 07 to 25 May 09Group Captain Thazhathupulikunnel Devasia Joseph16964 F(P)COTambaram
25 May 09 to 27 May 11Group Captain Seethepalli Shrinivas18787 F(P)COTambaram
28 May 11 to 21 Apr 13Group Captain Harpreet Singh Basra19174 F(P)COTambaram

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