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Air Vice Marshal Kamal Khanna

Service No & Branch 5795 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 19 Dec 1959 Course: 76 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Mar 1996 Superannuated Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 19 Dec 1960Flt Lt : 19 Dec 1964Wg Cdr : 01 Aug 1979Acting Gp Capt : 03 Apr 1983
Gp Capt : 21 Jun 1982Air Cmde : 02 May 1987Acting AVM : 06 Dec 1991AVM : 01 Apr 1992
Training and Other Courses Attended
14 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 195828 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 09 Dec 197230 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1990
Badges Qualified
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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 Aug 1974 - Sqn LdrNo.8 SquadronPune Flight Commander
07 Jun 1977 - 02 Feb 1981Wg CdrNo.18 SquadronSrinagar Commanding Officer
01 Aug 1986 - 22 Jan 1989Air Cmde5 WingKalaikunda Air Officer Commanding
03 Aug 1990 - 31 Mar 1996No.18 Squadron Commodore Commandant
07 Jan 1991 - 26 Nov 1991Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director, Offensive Operations
06 Dec 1991 - 12 Nov 1993AVMNational Defence AcademyKhadakvasla Deputy Commandant & Chief Instructor
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg Cdr Kamal Khanna5795 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1979
Details :

Wing Commander Kamal Khanna was detailed on the 12th August, 1977, to carry out engine check on a Gnat aircraft. While carrying out aerobatics, he noticed that Jet Pipe Temperature was high. He decided to return to base. While returning, he experienced buffeting of the nose, revolutions per minute unwinding and JPT going up against the stop. This engine failure was coupled with hydraulic failure and oil pressure dolls eye turning white. Despite so many emergencies, Wing Commander Kamal Khanna kept cool and decided to force land the aircraft on the airfield instead of ejecting. He handled this serious emergency with utmost competence and landed the aircraft safely.

In this action Wing Commander Kamal Khanna displayed exemplary courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of an exceptional order.

Unit : 18 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 19th January 1980 - No.7- Pres/80 dated 26th January 1979

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
29 Oct 1980AjeetWg Cdr Kamal Khanna
18 SqnCr 55 km at Bandipur
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