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Group Captain Kapil Bhargava

Service No & Branch 3939 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: 21 Aug 1928 Commissioned: 14 Oct 1950 Course: 53 Course
Service End: Retired on 15 Nov 1976 Voluntary Retirement Died on 17 Dec 2014 (86 Years age) Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 14 Oct 1951Flt Lt : 14 Oct 1955Sqn Ldr : 14 Oct 1961Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1967
Acting Gp Capt : 23 Feb 1972Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1972
Training and Other Courses Attended
15 NDC (Gp Capt) - 01 Dec 1975
Badges Qualified
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Sqn Ldr
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 Dec 1956Flt LtEmpire Test Pilots School, UKFarnborough Test Pilot Course 15th Course
- 01 Dec 1955Flt LtNo.7 SquadronHalwara Flight Commander
14 Aug 1957 - Flt LtHALBangalore Test Pilot
01 Jan 1970 - 01 Dec 1972Gp CaptAircraft and Systems Testing EstablishmentBangalore Commandant
23 Dec 1972 - 05 Jan 1975Gp Capt32 WingJodhpur Station Commander
07 Jan 1976 - 19 May 1976Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Flight Safety)
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Sqn LdrKapil Bhargava3939 GD(P)Award Date 01 Nov 1961Announced 15 Aug 1961
Details : Squadron Leader Kapil Bhargava, a test pilot of considerable experience, had his training in test flights of the Avro 748 in the United Kingdom and flew over 150 hours on the prototype there. He undertook the first test flight of the Indian built aircraft, fresh from the assembly lines at Kanpur, on 1st November 1961. On its inaugural flight at Palam on 26th November 1961, before a distinguished gathering , he demonstrated the performance and the capabilities of the aircraft. In this task He had shown a high degree of professional skill , knowledge and courage
Unit : HAL
Reference : Gazette of India 3rd February 1962 - No.24 - Pres/62 dated 26th January 1962

Articles from Main Site

TACDE by Gp Capt Kapil Bhargava -
Group Captain Suranjan Das by Gp Capt Kapil Bhargava (Retd) -
Air Force Test Pilots School by Gp Capt Kapil Bhargava (Retd) -
Quarter Century of the Jaguar in India by Gp Capt Kapil Bhargava (Retd) -
An Update on the HAL LCA (Tejas) - July 2002 by Gp Capt Kapil Bhargava -
Gp Capt Kapil Bhargava (1928-2014) by Gp Capt Kapil Bhargava -
Courage & Devotion to Duty : A Chronicle of IAF’s Honours and Awards (1932-2008) by Air Marshal Bharat Kumar PVSM AVSM (Retd.) -
The Tejas Story by Air Marshal Philip Rajkumar (Retd) -
India's Reclaimed Bombers: The B-24 Liberator by Gp Capt Kapil Bhargava -
HT-2 - India's First Powered Aircraft by Gp Capt Kapil Bhargava -
Operations at Diu : The One day war by Gp Capt Kapil Bhargava (Retd) -
Test Pilot losses in Marut Flight Testing by Gp Capt Kapil Bhargava -
Obituary: Air Marshal Partha Kumar Dey AVSM PVSM by Gp Capt Kapil Bhargava -
Micky Blake: Officer, Gentleman and Exceptional Pilot by Gp Capt Kapil Bhargava (Retd) -
Air Marshal Prithi Singh (April 8, 1934-October 16, 2012) by Gp Capt Kapil Bhargava (Retd) -
Air Commodore J J Bouche (1921-2013) by Gp Capt Kapil Bhargava -
AVRO 748 In India - More Than Four Decades On by Gp Capt Kapil Bhargava -
Pilots Courses by -
Gp Capt Kapil Bhargava (1928-2014) by -
Hurricane Tales by Gp Capt M P O Blake -

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