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Air Vice Marshal Mahendra Singh Rao

Service No & Branch 3902 AE(M) (Orig: ENG)
Date of Birth: 27 Jun 1928 Commissioned: 15 Jul 1950 Course: 3 DEO Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Jun 1984 Superannuated Died on 26 Oct 2015 (87 Years age)
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Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 31 Jul 1951Flt Lt : 31 Jul 1955Sqn Ldr : 31 Jul 1962Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1969
Acting Gp Capt : 15 Jul 1974Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1975Air Cmde : 28 Jun 1980Acting AVM : 14 Aug 1981
AVM : 01 Jul 1982
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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

15 Jul 1974 - 17 Nov 1978Gp Capt1 Base Repair DepotKanpur Commanding Officer
18 Nov 1978 - 02 Jul 1981Air CmdeCentral Air CommandAllahabad Senior Maintenance Staff Officer
29 Jun 1981 - 22 Dec 1982AVMMaintenance CommandNagpur Senior Maintenance Staff Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVMMahendra Singh Rao3902 AEMAward Date 26 Jan 1982Announced 26 Jan 1982
Details :

Air Vice Marshal Mahendra Singh Rao Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 15 Jul 1950. Since then he has served as Engineering Officer of transport as well as fighter Squadrons, Officer-in-charge Avro Assembly, Chief Technical Officer of a large fighter base, Deputy Air Attaché in the Embassy of India at Paris, Officer Commanding of an important Base Repair Depot, Senior Maintenance Staff Officer of Central Air Command and recently he has taken over as Air Officer-in-Charge of Engineering and Systems at Headquarters Maintenance Command. Air Vice Marshal Rao is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College and he successfully completed Senior Defence Management Course at the Institute of Defence Management.

Air Vice Marshal Mahendra Singh Rao was closely associated with the maintenance planning for introduction of new types of fighter as well as helicopters. His contribution was of immense value for the smooth introduction of four different types of Fighters, Transports and Helicopters in the Indian Air Force during its formative years.

Air Vice Marshal Mahendra Singh Rao during his tenure as Officer Commanding of the Base Repair Depot successfully completed the challenging task of meeting the production targets of a large number of rotables for our aircraft. AVSM 1981-82

He not only brought about remarkable improvements in the functioning of the BRD but also carried out modifications of far reaching strategic importance on two types of front line fighter aircraft.

Air Vice Marshal Mahendra Singh Rao was Senior Maintenance Staff Officer of Central Air Command from November 78 to June 81. During this period the air officer had contributed significantly to the overall improvement of aircraft serviceability in the Command. He had done this by keen and deep personal involvement in maintenance matters to keep aircraft flying to the maximum extent possible. The aircraft fleets in the Command included Canberras and Packets which are very old aircraft.

Notable achievements in the maintenance field are the clearance of prolonged aircraft on ground (AOG aircraft). In 1979 and in 1980 a very large number of aircraft, which had been on prolonged AOG were cleared.

Air Vice Marshal Mahendra Singh Rao has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI19820126
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