|Service No & Branch||3937 GD(P)|
|Date of Birth: 16 Sep 1927||Commissioned: 14 Oct 1950||Course: 53 Course|
|Service End:||Died in Service 04 Jun 1960 (33 Years age) Aircraft Loss Gnat at Kanpur. Force landed on the Grand Trunk road. The landing itself was successful but there wa|
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|- 01 Dec 1956||Flt Lt||Empire Test Pilots School, UK||Farnborough||Test Pilot Course 15th Course|
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|Sqn Ldr||Ayappan Sudhakaran||3937 GD(P)||Award Date 04 Jun 1960||Announced 04 Mar 1961|
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On the 4th of June, 1960, Suqadron Leader Ayappan Sudhakaran was carrying out a test flight in a Gnat aircraft Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the only one of its kind in India Ã¢â‚¬â€œ which was fully instrumented when the engine flamed out at low altitude. He could have abandoned the aircraft and saved his own life but decided to save the aircraft by attempting a forced-landing. In this gallant attempt he lost his life.
Squadron Leader Ayappan Sudhakaran had been a test pilot for nearly three years at Kanpur during which period he made numerous test flights in which he faced great risk to his life and displayed outstanding flying ability and technical knowledge of a very high order. In this incident in which he lost his life he showed courage, devotion to duty and determination in the highest traditions of the Air Force.
|Unit : A&ATU|
|Reference : Gazette of India , 4th March 1961 - No.16 - Pres/61 dated 27th February 1961|
|Date||Aircraft Type||Tail No||Pilot/Crew||Unit||Remarks|
|15 Mar 1952||Tempest II||Fg Offr Ayappan Sudhakaran||Pilot OK|
|04 Jun 1960||Gnat||IE-1063||Sqn Ldr Ayappan Sudhakaran +||AATU||Force landed on the|