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Air Commodore Rabindar Nath Kharbanda

Service No & Branch 5589 F(P)
Date of Birth: Commissioned: 19 Dec 1958 Course: 73 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Sep 1991
Qualifications Held : Instructor Rating: A1
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Aug 1978Acting Gp Capt : 01 May 1981Gp Capt : 02 Aug 1981Air Cmde : 01 Jun 1986
Training and Other Courses Attended
13 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 195627 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1987
Badges Qualified
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Air Cmde
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Jan 1968 - 01 Jan 1969Sqn LdrFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Flying Instructor
01 Jan 1971 - 01 Jan 1974Sqn LdrFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Flying Instructor
01 Jul 1974 - Sqn LdrFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Chief Flying Instructor
04 Dec 1977 - 07 Apr 1980Wg CdrNo.16 SquadronGorakhpur Commanding Officer
01 May 1981 - 16 Jun 1982Gp Capt19 WingBorjhar (Guwahati) Station Commander
31 Jan 1986 - 28 Dec 1986Air Cmde29 WingBamrauli (Allahabad) Air Officer Commanding
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn LdrRabindar Nath Kharbanda5589 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1974
Details :

Squadron Leader Rabindar Nath Kharbanda has been serving with Flying Instructors' School since January, 1971. He has been on instructional flying since January, 1967 and out of a total of 4975 accident-free flying hours to his credit; he has 1740 hours of instructional flying. Most of his instructional flying has been in the basic stage on the HT-2 aircraft. This stage of instructional flying is professionally one of the most difficult and challenging in the career of the instructor. In May 1968, while on an instructional sortie, the propeller of the HT-2 aircraft flew off. With great presence of mind and professional skill he force landed the aircraft on the airfield causing no damage to the aircraft.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Rabindar Nath Kharbanda displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty in the best traditions of the Air Force. Authority: Notification No. 85-Pres/74 dated 26th January, 1974 published in Part 1, Section 1, Gazette of India dated 6th July, 1974.

Unit : FIS
Reference : Gazette of India dated 6th July 1974 - No.85 - Pres/74 dated 26th January 1974
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