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Air Vice Marshal Viney Kapila

Service No & Branch 5596 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: 26 Jan 1937 Commissioned: 19 Dec 1958 Course: 73 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Jan 1993 Superannuated Died on 22 Dec 2015 (78 Years age)
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Aug 1978Acting Gp Capt : 13 Apr 1981Gp Capt : 02 Aug 1981Air Cmde : 01 Jul 1986
AVM : 11 Mar 1991
Training and Other Courses Attended
13 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 195628 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1988
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

14 Jul 1976 - 22 Oct 1978Wg CdrNo.108 SquadronAdampur Commanding Officer
21 Feb 1981 - 25 Nov 1983Gp Capt20 WingBagdogra Station Commander
18 Feb 1986 - 03 Jan 1988Air CmdeWestern Air CommandDelhi Air-I
02 Jan 1989 - 08 Mar 1991Air Cmde7 WingAmbala Air Officer Commanding
11 Mar 1991 - 31 May 1992AVMCollege of Air WarfareSecunderabad Commandant
01 Jun 1992 - 31 Jan 1993AVMNational Defence CollegeDelhi Senior Directing Staff (Air)
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vir Chakra
Flt LtViney Kapila5596 GD(P)Award Date 18 Sep 1965Announced 22 Sep 1965
Details :

On the 19th September 1965, as sub-section leader in a four Gnat aircraft formation, Flight Lieutenant Viney Kapila gave valuable assistance to his leader during an aerial battle against four Pakistani Sabre jet aircraft. The battle was fought at a height of less than 2000 feet from the ground where enemy antiaircraft guns were active. He shot down one of the enemy aircraft and then helped his leader to cripple another.

In this action Flight Lieutenant Kapila displayed courage and devotion to duty of a high order.

Unit : 9 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 1st January 1966 - No.133 - Pres/65 dated 22nd September 1965
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeViney Kapila5596 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1988Announced 26 Jan 1988
Details :

Air Commodore Viney Kapila was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in 1958 has flown over 3,300 hours on modern jet fighter aircraft and participated in the 1961 Goa Operations and the 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak conflicts. He was awarded the Vir Chakra for gallantry in the 1965 war.

As a Flight Commander of a frontline squadron, he was responsible for the smooth and rapid change over to MiG­21s. He carried out successful trials for induction of MiG 21 aircraft into the Kashmir Valley and thereafter laid down operating procedures which are still applicable. Because of his perseverance, profound analytical approach and expertise in tactical doctrines, he was responsible in large measure for optimising the night employment techniques and tactics on the MiG­21 and S­22 aircraft.

In his present appointment as Air I of an Operational Command, the officer has through penetrating foresight, ingenuity and application of sound tactical precepts, introduced and formulated advanced training schedules, enhancing the operational potential of the fighting units. With his positive and dynamic approach, he designed realistic operational details for three major exercises, namely, Eagle-Ranvijay, Brass Tacks and Live Wire, which employed massive strike forces, hitherto unheard of in earlier exercises.

Air Commodore Viney Kapila, VrC has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19880126

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
03 Feb 1962Dakota C-47HJ-883Flt Lt Sunil Kumar Chopra
Flt Lt Viney Kapila
43 SqnFL riverbed at Pulwa
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