|Service No & Branch||4332 F(P)||Stream :Fighters|
|Date of Birth: 24 Aug 1931||Commissioned: 30 Aug 1952||Course: 58 Course|
|Service End:||Retired on 29 Aug 1972 Died on 03 Jul 2008 (77 Years age)||Nick Name : Granny|
|Qualifications Held :|
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|01 Oct 1958 - 01 Jan 1961||Flt Lt||No.10 Squadron||Palam||Flight Commander|
|- 01 Dec 1961||Sqn Ldr||Empire Test Pilots School, UK||Farnborough||Test Pilot Course 20th Course|
|01 Apr 1965 - 31 Mar 1970||Sqn Ldr||Hindustan Aeronatics Limited (Nasik Division)||Nasik||Chief Test Pilot|
|20 Dec 1965 -||Sqn Ldr||HAL||Bangalore||Test Pilot|
|01 Apr 1970 - 29 Aug 1972||Wg Cdr||Hindustan Aeronatics Limited (Nasik Division)||Nasik||Chief Test Pilot|
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|Vishist Seva Medal|
|Wg Cdr||Bal Krishena Dhiman||4332 F(P)||Award Date 26 Jan 1972||Announced 26 Jan 1972|
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Wing Commander Bal Krishan Dhiman (4332) was commissioned in the Flying Branch (Pilot) of the Air Force in August, 1952. After service in several fighter squadrons, he was given training as a flying instructor, and served in that capacity at a flying training unit. Thereafter, following another period of service in operational squadrons, he was given training as a test pilot. He has since been serving as a test pilot in the Air Force, and since December 1965 with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.
Wing Commander Dhiman was the first Indian Air Force Pilot posted to the Nasik Division of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, where he is actively associated with test flying of MiG-21 FL aircraft in different phases of production. The initiative, courage and dedication to duty shown by him in the discharge of his duties have been of high order. His contribution towards the different phases of production of MiG-21 FL aircraft have been most valuable. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited has been so highly impressed by his professional skill that they were able to return a foreign Test Pilot much earlier than scheduled.
Throughout his career, Wing Commander Bal Krishan Dhiman has rendered distinguished service of a high order, for which he is awarded Vishisht Seva Medal.
|Unit : HAL|
|Reference : GoI19720126No66|
|Remarks: Gp Capt Kapil Bhargava (Retd) via email Note added: 2009-02-09|
I have just heard that Wg Cdr BK (Granny) Dhiman (24 Aug 31 - 3 Jul 08) passed away earlier this morning (3rd July 2008). He was living in NOIDA and had been rather unwell for some time.
I have very fond memories of fun-loving Granny who came to No. 7 Squadron when I was its flight commander. He is in a circa 1954 photograph (see below) from No. 7 in Halwara, shirtless but with a really impressive moustache. Next to him is the Squadron Commander Micky Blake, similarly dressed – shirtless – sitting on the drop tank of a Vampire.
As a test pilot he flew a large number of MiG-21 aircraft at HAL Nashik after mnuacture and overhaul. My one and only flight in an HPT-32 ten years after retiring from IAF was with Granny at HAL Kanpur in 1986. That was also the last time we met. I will miss him!