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54th Pilots Course
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Air Vice Marshal Arvind Dalaya , 4025 F(P), AVSM, VM., was commissioned into the
Indian Air Force in 1951 at the age of 20. He was one of the first fighter pilots deputed
to form the nucleus of the IAF's helicopter force. He would raise the 114 HU , which would
later make its mark in Siachen, and would also serve as AOC, J & K before his
retirement in the 80s.
During our training, there was invariably a fatal accident on fighters on the same base
on Saturdays. This was very demoralizing to cadets. It appeared that Ambala was jinxed on
Saturdays. It was therefore decided to observe Saturday as a maintenance day instead of
Only 23 cadets and 2 Naval Officers received their wings. Out of the 23
cadets, 7 subsequently died due to flying accidents and other events while serving in the
Spitfires at Ambala
Although I never served in a Spitfire squadron, I did realize my dream of flying that
aircraft.The Spitfire was a sleek, streamlined airplane. I felt like I was a part of the
aircraft. When you climbed in the cockpit, you found it was rather cramped though all
controls were within easy reach and the visibility was fairly good. During takeoff, while
increasing power, the Merlin engine of the Spit XVIII gave tremendous power and the whole
aircraft vibrated immensely. In no time the aircraft was airborne. The Spit was extremely
maneuverable, especially in the turn and it was a great pleasure to fly.
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