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HAL and the Indian Aviation Industry

 Wing Commander (Retd) Inder Mohan Chopra is a distinguished test pilot who served as the Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited from 1988 to 1991. In this article he writes about the Indian Aviation Industry and the limitations keeping back HAL from becoming a world class leader in Aeronautcal design and manufacturing.


Last Updated on Saturday, 24 August 2013 18:13

Surviving a Sukhoi-7 Crash

Wg Cdr Har Kishan Lal Saxena (4907) F(P) flew a variety of aircraft in his career - Vampires, Toofanis, Mysteres and ultimately the Sukhoi-7 fighter bombers. He narrates the tale of his career in the IAF and his fortious escape from a stricken aircraft

Last Updated on Sunday, 23 February 2014 23:51

First to the Last - 50 years of the MiG 21 with the IAF

Reviewed by Dr Shiv Shankar Sastry

Last Updated on Friday, 24 May 2013 00:45

Bounty Flying in the North-East

Dhavle001.jpgWg Cdr N M Dhavle writes about his fighter pilot days flying --- Transports! all in the name of earning his Flying Pay!

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 02:49

Air Commodore J J Bouche (1921-2013)

A veteran of three wars - WW2, 1947-48 Kashmir War and the 1965 India-Pakistan War, Air Vice Marshal John Jasper Bouche (Pop) passed away today in Perth,Australia,after a brief illness. Group Captain Kapil Bhargava writes a short tribute to him

Last Updated on Monday, 15 April 2013 22:32

K-13 Live Firing - First time in India (with a Canberra's Help)

After the disappointing performance of the missile in the 65 War, No.28 Squadron tested the K-13 missile in live firing exercises.  A Canberra flown by Squadron Leader S A Patwardhan  was the key in these tests.

Last Updated on Sunday, 04 August 2013 01:40

Video: Boss Panther Recollects - Air Marshal S Raghavendran

June 16, 2013 marked the book launch of "Panther Red One"   - The Autobiography of Air Marshal S Raghavendran. Air Marshal Raghavendran's book took shape from the series of articles he had contributed to our site. The book was published earlier this year by Knowledge World India.  The Book launch included a Panel Discussion in which the Air Marshal shared some of his experiences in the IAF in Video. (Length 38 minutes)

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 July 2013 22:45

Courage & Devotion to Duty : A Chronicle of IAF’s Honours and Awards (1932-2008)

Reviewed by Group Captain Kapil Bhargava (Retd)
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 June 2013 14:56

Chetak Dettachment to Batticoloa

IAF Detachment to Sri Lanka 1978 Wing Commander N M Dhavle was part of a Cyclone Relief Dettachment to Sri Lanka in November 1978. He writes in brief about his observations from that time.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 April 2013 00:11

Canberra's total electrical failure at night

Wing Commander Chandrakant Nijanand Bal, a former Canberra pilot writes about a night time sortie that went wrong - which earned him the Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) in 1970)

Last Updated on Sunday, 10 February 2013 23:03

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New Book on Indian Air Force air wars

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