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Squadron Leader Jayagopal Rajagopal

Service No & Branch 4977 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Transport
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 08 Oct 1955 Course: 66 Course
Service End: Retired on 13 Dec 1971 Released to Air India Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 08 Oct 1956Flt Lt : 08 Oct 1960
Training and Other Courses Attended
7 JSW (Cadet) - 01 Dec 1953
Badges Qualified
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Jan 1962 - 01 Jan 1964Flt LtFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Flying Instructor
01 Jan 1969 - 01 Jan 1970Sqn LdrFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Flying Instructor
13 Dec 1970 - 12 Dec 1971Sqn LdrAir India Pilot
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn LdrJayagopal Rajagopal4977 GD(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1970
Details :

Squadron Leader Rajagopal Jayagopal has been a Flight Commander of an operational squadron since October 1968. He has trained and qualified a number of pilots on the type and has thus substantially improved the operational potential of the squadron. He has flown 5100 hours, including 2,190 accident free instructional hours. On 16th January 1967 during an instructional sortie, while the pupil was carrying out an asymmetric landing, a sudden loss of elevator control was experienced on final approach. He took over the controls and landed the aircraft safely. Again on 22nd April 1969, he was carrying out an air test when the ramp door got stuck in fully down position. In this situation, the ground clearance while landing is only 1¼". He again demonstrated a high standard of airmanship and professional skill by landing the aircraft without any damage.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Rajagopal Jayagopal displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty.

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Reference : Gazette of India dated 25th April 1970 - No.16 - Pres/70 dated 26th January 1970
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