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Wing Commander Tarun Banerjee

Service No & Branch 16776 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 04 Jun 1982 Course: 129 Course
Service End: Retired on 02 Sep 2004
Qualifications Held :
Remarks : MOFTU,ASTE
Promotions Gazetted
Sqn Ldr : 04 Jun 1993Wg Cdr : 17 May 1999
Training and Other Courses Attended
60 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 1981
Badges Qualified
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

- No.45 Squadron Squadron Pilot
- No.7 Squadron Squadron Pilot
- No.30 Squadron Squadron Pilot
- No.15 SquadronBhuj Squadron Pilot
21 Dec 2002 - Wg CdrNo.21 Squadron Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg CdrTarun Banerjee16776 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 2003
Details :

Wing Commander Tarun Banerjee (16776) F (P) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 04 Jun 1982 and presently on deputation to NFTC, ADA since 23 June 1999 as a Test Pilot.

On 06 Jun 2002, he successfully undertook the first flight of the Light Combat Aircraft Technology Demonstrator-2 (LCA TD-2). In a prototype programme, the first flight of the subsequent prototypes is normally done by a Test Pilot who has already flown the previous prototype. However, due to the programme compulsions, the first flight of LCA TD-2 had to be undertaken by Wg Cdr Banerjee, without the experience of flying LCA TD-1.

The LCA TD-2 incorporated several new features, the most notable being the unproven ingeniously developed Head Up Display (HUD). He willingly accepted this programme decision and meticulously planned and executed various prepatory tests on the test rings and the prototype aircraft, facilitating identification and satisfactory resolution of a number of inadequacies. During the prepatory ground runs and taxi tests, the prototype type was repeatedly dogged by profuse hydraulic, lubricating oil and fuel leaks.

Wg Cdr Banerjee did not allow himself to be distracted by these high risk failures. In an unperturbed and most professional manner, he continued to conduct various tests and provided very useful inputs to resolve numerous design inadequacies. Braving all technological risks, he carried out the first flight in flawless manner and all the test objectives were achieved successfully. Thus, by putting his life at risk, well beyond the call of peace time duties, Wg Cdr Banerjee helped in achieving another major milestone in the LCA programme.

For exhibiting exemplary professionalism and devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Tarun Banerjee.

Unit : NFTC
Reference : Gazette of India dated 22nd March 2003 - No.43-Pres/2003 dated 26th January 2003
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