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Air Vice Marshal Philip Thomas

Service No & Branch 20743 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 16 Jun 1990 Course: 145 Course
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Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 16 Jun 1995Wg Cdr : 16 Dec 2004Gp Capt : 17 Aug 2011Air Cmde : 01 Dec 2018
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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

31 Mar 2008 - 04 Apr 2010Wg CdrNo.32 SquadronJodhpur Commanding Officer
13 Jun 2014 - 20 Sep 2018Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi DPO-4
26 Sep 2018 - Air Cmde32 WingJodhpur Air Officer Commanding
01 Oct 2020 - 31 Dec 2022Air CmdeTraining CommandBangalore Command Flying Training Officer
01 Feb 2023 - 31 Aug 2023AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Training
01 Sep 2023 - AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Personnel Officers
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg CdrPhilip Thomas20743 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2011Announced 26 Jan 2011
Details : Wing Commander Philip Thomas (20743) Flying (Pilot)was commissioned as a pilot in the Flying branch on 16 June 90. He has held the appointment of Flight Commander (Fit Cdr) of a Bison Squadron (Sqn), Fit Cdr Flight Safety (FS) of a major flying base and is currently Commanding Officer (CO) of a MiG-21 Bison Sqn since 31 Mar OS. A qualified flying instructor, he holds a Masters in Business Administration and is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College. Within four days of his assuming command, the Sqn had to induct to another Air Force Station due to runway repair. The task at relocated station involved conduct of full-fledged operations with all the commitments expected from an operational Bison Sqn. Wg Cdr Philip personally lead to ensure that the Sqn men and material settle down safely and comfortably in the shortest possible time. His proactive approach, professional clarity and involvement ensured that the Sqn excelled in all spheres of activity. To cite a few examples; the Sqn was inspected by Aircrew Examining Board (AEB) while on detachment (det). The Sqn performance was average plus with nil failures. Further, the Sqn took part in the SWAC annual gunnery meet 200S from the det location and excelled by winning two team events and three individual trophies. During the extended det which continued for ten months till Jan 09, the Sqn had nil Human Error (Servicing) / (Aircrew) [HE(S)!(A)]accident/ incident despite flying 211S sorties/1430 hours. Post de-induction to Jodhpur, the Sqn was inspected by Directorate of Air Staff Inspections (DASI)in two phases. The serviceability state of the Bison, which had been a critical issue, showed a remarkable improvement and was sustained in both phases with the Sqn flying 13 missions/51 sorties and assessed as average plus in operations. Within a fortnight of the DASI inspection, the Sqn was inspected by AEB and despite the short gap between inspections, the Sqn performance was better than the previous one with above average assessment, nil failures and creditably, nil observations from AEB. For the Mini Fire Power Demonstration 2009 and subsequent Maha Vayu Shakti 2010, the Sqn was tasked for Medium Altitude Release of Bombs by night - a first by any MiG-21 Sqn. Wg Cdr Philip personally lead the missions ensuring operational excellence. In between these two major events, the Sqn took part in annual gunnery meet 2009 and once again excelled by winning one team event and the all important coveted Best Fighter Sqn trophy. Once again, the Sqn has had an enviable FS record with nil HE(S)/(A), Foreign Object Damage or Bird Strike related accident/ incident and most importantly, reducing the total number of incidents itself to just three for 2009-10 despite flying 2332 sorties/1625 hours. Also, Wg Cdr Philip achieved a milestone by being the first pilot in the IAF to record 1000 hours of accident/incident free flying on the Bison. Wg Cdr Philip, during his tenure as a CO, has lead his Sqn with the highest standards of professional acumen and elan. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Philip Thomas.
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Reference : Air Force Day Booklet

Additional Notes

Remarks: Flight Safety Note added: 0000-00-00
ON 16 Nov 09, Wg Cdr Philip Thomas 20743-G F(P) and Sqn Ldr V Sharma 26708-SF(P) were authorised to fly a LSH sortie in a MiG-21 aircraft. After take off, onselecting undercarriage lever up, the landing gear failed to retract with associatedindication on T-6 panel going off. Immediately, the undercarriage lever wasselected down but still no indications of the undercarriage position were availablein the cockpit. Subsequently, trim, main and booster hydraulic warning lights werealso seen going off in the cockpit with angle of attack lights behaving erratically.An undercarriage check was carried out subsequently, in which the landing gearwas reported down. Flaps and airbrakes were found non operational. A precisionapproach was executed. On landing, the chute did not deploy and antiskid did notfunction as well. Despite all abnormalities the aircraft was safely decelerated.Wg Cdr Philip Thomas and Sqn Ldr V Sharma displayed a high degree ofprofessionalism and averted a potentially hazardous situation.

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