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Wing Commander Ravi Khanna

Service No & Branch 18565 F(P)
Date of Birth: 31 Dec 1964 Commissioned: 06 Dec 1986 Course: 138 Course
Service End: Died in Service 26 Feb 2004 (40 Years age) Aircraft Loss Jaguar IS at Nal. Cr Pokh
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 06 Dec 1991Wg Cdr : 05 May 2003
Training and Other Courses Attended
69 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 1985
Badges Qualified
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Notes:1)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 2)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Jan 1997 - 01 Jan 2000Sqn LdrFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Flying Instructor
01 Apr 2002 - 01 Dec 2002Sqn LdrNo.14 SquadronAmbala Flight Commander
23 Jul 2003 - 26 Feb 2004Wg CdrNo.6 SquadronPune Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg CdrRavi Khanna18565 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 2005
Details : Wing Commander Ravi Khanna (18565) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned on 06 Dec 1986. He was posted as Commanding Officer of a Fighter Squadron with effect from 23 Jul 2003.Wg Cdr Khanna was a thorough professional and he led his squadron competently. Under his leadership the unit not only accomplished all assigned tasks to perfection, it also set an example for others to emulate. During Eklavya 2003, the Squadron bagged five trophies out of a total seven and was adjudged overall best in the gunnery meet. The Squadron came first in three team events of which he led one and participated in another. It was also declared as the best Fighter Squadron in the Indian Air Force.As Commanding Officer of the unit, he had taken the Squadron to participate in the prestigious exercise Vayu Shaktiï·“04'. On 26 Feb 04, he was authorized to fly as No. 3 in a four aircraft formation that was to drop 1000 pound retarded bomb over Pokhran Range as part of a battle inoculation exercise. During the mission, after release, the bomb exploded in air very close to the aircraft causing the aircraft to disintegrate, resulting in fatal injuries to Wg Cdr Khanna. Throughout his tenure as Squadron Commander, he insisted on maintaining the unit at a high level of professional standard.For his exceptional devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Wing Commander Ravi Khanna (Posthumously).
Unit : 6 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 9th April 2005 - No.28-Pres/2005 dated 26th January 2005 & AFD2005 Investiture

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
26 Feb 2004Jaguar ISWg Cdr Ravi Khanna +
6 SqnCr Pokhran Range
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