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Group Captain Prafullkumar Manohar Velankar

Service No & Branch 10126 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 13 Mar 1966 Course: 95 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Nov 1993 Superannuated Nick Name : Velu
Qualifications Held :
Remarks : Gnats, Ajeets, HF-24, Kiran
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 30 Aug 1985Gp Capt : 01 Aug 1989
Training and Other Courses Attended
34 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 25 Nov 19785 PTP (Sqn Ldr) - 08 May 197618 LDMC (Wg Cdr) - 09 Apr 1988
Badges Qualified
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Flt Lt
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

12 Sep 1963 - 06 Sep 1964Flt CdtAir Force Administrative CollegeCoimbatore Flt Cdt
07 Sep 1964 - 11 Nov 1964Flt Cdt5 Elementary Flying Training UnitNagpur Flt Cdt
29 Nov 1964 - 16 Mar 1965Flt CdtPilot Training EstablishmentAllahabad Flt Cdt
17 Mar 1965 - 23 Oct 1965Flt CdtAir Force Flying CollegeJodhpur Flt Cdt
24 Oct 1965 - 03 Dec 1966Flt CdtJet Training WingHakimpet Flt Cdt
27 Mar 1966 - 04 Jul 1966Plt OffrNo.45 SquadronPoona Squadron Pilot
24 Dec 1966 - 31 May 1968Fg OffrNo.101 SquadronTezpur Squadron Pilot
01 Jun 1968 - 20 Jul 1969Fg OffrNo.7 SquadronHindon/ Bagdogra Squadron Pilot
21 Jul 1969 - 30 Jun 1974Flt LtNo.22 Squadron Squadron Pilot
01 Jul 1974 - 27 Oct 1975Flt Lt5 Base Repair DepotSulur Test Pilot
28 Oct 1975 - 08 May 1976Flt LtAircraft and Systems Testing EstablishmentBangalore PTP Trainee
05 Sep 1976 - 27 Nov 1976Flt LtNo.21 SquadronBKT Squadron Pilot
16 Nov 1976 - 15 Jan 1978Sqn LdrHALBangalore Test Pilot
26 Nov 1978 - 27 May 1984Sqn Ldr5 Base Repair DepotSulur CTP,COO, SFSIO
13 Feb 1984 - 21 Feb 1987Wg CdrAir Head QuartersNew Delhi DDFS II
04 Nov 1988 - 17 Sep 1992Gp CaptEastern Air CommandShillong Command Flying Safety & Inspection Officer
28 Sep 1992 - 30 Nov 1993Gp Capt9 Tactical Air CenterAmbala Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn LdrPrafullkumar Manohar Velankar10126 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1983
Details :

Squadron Leader Prafullkumar Manohar Velankar while on the posted strength of one of the Base Repair Depot since 5 Dec 78 has been flight testing Kiran, Gnat and Ajeet aircraft.

During his tenure at this Depot Sqn Ldr Velankar has flown a total of 646.25 hours in flight testing of various types of aircraft. He has had an accident­free record during this time. He has also displayed cool professional competence in the handling of emergencies in the air when he experienced flame-outs on Gnats on three separate occasions, one flameout on Kiran at 5000 feet and one incident of Gnat canopy unlocking in the air. On each occasion he has competently taken the correct emergency action and safely landed the aircraft He has throughout displayed exemplary professionalism and zeal in his job.

He has flown 278 sorties/165.45 hours on Kiran Flight testing during the last nine months in addition to flying on other types of aircraft. He has been meticulous in his testing and has insisted on the highest standards of serviceability before clearing an aircraft. It is a matter of pride that ferry pilots from operating units have accepted all the aircraft cleared by Sqn Ldr Velankar with virtually no observations. For his extremely high professional competence, hard work and outstanding devotion to duty in the best traditions of the service, the President is pleased to award VAYU SENA MEDAL to Squadron Leader Prafulkumar Manohar Velankar.

Unit : 5 BRD
Reference : Gazette of India dated 2nd February 1985 - No.5-Pres/85 dated 26th January 1983
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