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Air Commodore Inderjit Singh Sandhu

Service No & Branch 4790 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 06 Nov 1954 Course: 64 Course
Service End: Retired on 28 Feb 1989 Superannuated Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 06 Nov 1955Flt Lt : 06 Nov 1959Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1974Acting Gp Capt : 24 Dec 1979
Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1980Air Cmde : 13 Jul 1985
Training and Other Courses Attended
6 JSW (Cadet) - 01 Jun 1953
Badges Qualified
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Air Cmde
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 1967Sqn LdrEmpire Test Pilots School, UKFarnborough Test Pilot Course 26th Course
01 Jan 1963 - 01 Jan 1966Sqn LdrFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Flying Instructor
20 May 1974 - 31 May 1976Wg CdrNo.47 SquadronHalwara Commanding Officer
14 Dec 1981 - 23 Sep 1984Gp CaptAircraft and Systems Testing EstablishmentBangalore Chief Test Pilot
29 Sep 1984 - 07 Oct 1985Air CmdeAir Force AcademyDundigal Deputy Commandant
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Wg CdrInderjit Singh Sandhu4790 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1975Announced 26 Jan 1975
Details :

Wing Commander Inderjit Singh Sandhu was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in November, 1954. He was employed on test flying duties from March, 1968 to May, 1974. During this period, he served as a Test Pilot in different establishments such as Aircraft and Armament Testing Unit, Base Repair Depot and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Bangalore and Nasik Divisions, and has served in a wide variety of assignments in test flying. In addition to aircraft evaluation, he has also participated in important development trials and user trials on various armament and avionics to ascertain the suitability of such hardware against the Air Force requirements. His flying standard has been consistently above the average and he has shown great depth of professional knowledge, maturity and balanced judgment in his assessment of various aircraft and systems tested by him. During his tenure at Aircraft and Armament Testing Unit he has actively associated with the development and flight evaluation of the Marut aircraft. During an incident, involving serious systems malfunction, he showed great presence of mind and devotion to duty. In order to save the aircraft and obtain vital information on the type of malfunctioning he stayed with the aircraft and tried to control it beyond the call of duty, sustaining injuries in the process. He abandoned the aircraft only when he had tried all available means to save it and has obtained information on the fault which later enabled remedial action. In his tenure at a Base Repair Depot, he tested wide variety of aircraft and brought to bear his excellent professional capabilities on improving the performance standards of the aircraft being delivered from the depot. During this tenure, he flew 400 hours in testing a wide variety of aircraft. He was posted to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Bangalore, from January, 1971 to April, 1972. During this tenure he participated in development as well as production of all aircraft designed and produced at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. He flew a total of 327 test flying hours during this short period. He was then posted to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Nasik Division from May, 1972 to May 1974. During this time he was one of the only two pilots who carried out all production and testing requirements. Throughout, Wing Commander Inderjit Singh Sandhu has rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI19750126

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
08 Apr 1968HF-24 MarutFlt Lt Inderjit Singh Sandhu
ASTEEjected over Kanpur
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