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Air Chief Marshal Anil Yeshwant Tipnis

Service No & Branch 5859 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 28 May 1960 Course: 77 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Dec 2001 Superannuated Nick Name : Tippy/ Trooper
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 28 May 1961Flt Lt : 28 May 1965Sqn Ldr : 28 May 1971Wg Cdr : 29 Aug 1979
Gp Capt : 26 Oct 1983Air Cmde : 01 Oct 1987AVM : 18 May 1992Air Marshal : 01 Sep 1994
C-in-C : 01 Aug 1995Air Chief Marshal : 31 Dec 1998
Training and Other Courses Attended
15 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 195831 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 29 Nov 19751 FCL (Sqn Ldr) - 01 Oct 197329 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1989
Badges Qualified
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Air Cmde

Air Chief Marshal
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 Jan 1959 - 31 Dec 1959Flt CdtAir Force Flying CollegeJodhpur Flt Cdt
01 Jan 1960 - 28 May 1960Flt CdtJet Training WingHakimpet Flt Cdt
29 May 1960 - 01 Sep 1963Plt OffrNo.27 SquadronAmbala Squadron Pilot
01 Sep 1963 - 01 Jan 1966Fg OffrNo.28 SquadronChandigarh Squadron Pilot
01 Jan 1966 - 01 Jul 1966Flt LtPilot Attack Instructors FlightJaisalmer Trainee
01 Jul 1966 - 01 Jul 1967Flt LtNo.1 SquadronAdampur Squadron Pilot
01 Jul 1967 - 30 Dec 1968Flt Lt8 WingAdampur SFSIO
01 Jan 1969 - 01 Jan 1970Flt LtNo.8 SquadronChandigarh Squadron Pilot
01 Jan 1970 - 01 Apr 1972Sqn LdrIraq AFIraq Flying Instructor
01 Apr 1972 - 01 Apr 1973Sqn LdrNo.45 SquadronChandigarh Flight Commander
01 Oct 1973 - 01 Apr 1974Sqn LdrNo.7 SquadronChandigarh Flight Commander
01 Apr 1974 - 31 Dec 1974Sqn LdrTactics and Combat Development EstablishmentJamnagar Directing Staff
01 Jan 1976 - 01 Feb 1977Sqn LdrAir Head QuartersDelhi DASI
01 Feb 1977 - 01 Jun 1977Sqn LdrNo.21 SquadronPune Flight Commander
08 Jul 1977 - 30 Jun 1979Wg CdrNo.23 SquadronHalwara Commanding Officer
10 Jul 1979 - 02 Sep 1980Wg Cdr3 Battalion, National Defence AcademyKhadakvasla Battalion Commander
01 Feb 1981 - 01 Oct 1983Wg CdrAir Head QuartersDelhi Joint Director (Air Defence)
01 Oct 1983 - 01 Dec 1986Gp CaptFranceParis TL (Mirage 2000 Project)
15 Dec 1986 - 29 Dec 1988Air Cmde40 WingMaharajpur (Gwalior) Air Officer Commanding
04 Jan 1990 - 30 Apr 1992Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi JDPO A
01 May 1992 - 20 Jun 1993AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Inspection
21 Jun 1993 - 31 Aug 1994AVMJammu & KashmirUdhampur Air Officer Commanding
01 Sep 1994 - 31 Jan 1995Air MarshalEastern Air CommandShillong Senior Air Staff Officer
04 Feb 1995 - 31 Jul 1995Air MarshalWestern Air CommandDelhi Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Aug 1995 - 31 Mar 1997Air MarshalWestern Air CommandDelhi Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
01 Apr 1997 - 31 Dec 1998Air MarshalPSO: Operations, Air HQDelhi Vice Chief of Air Staff
22 Jul 1994 - 18 Apr 2002No.23 Squadron Commodore Commandant
31 Dec 1998 - 31 Dec 2001Air Chief MarshalAir Head QuartersDelhi Chief of Air Staff
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrAnil Yeshwant Tipnis5859 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1980
Details :

Wing Commander Anil Tipnis took over the command of an Air Force Squadron in July, 1977, when it was decided to phase out the Gnat and re­equip the Squadron with MiG-BIS aircraft. He was also required to move his Squadron to its new location. At the new location, while sorting out the numerous administrative problems relating to re-settlement he, simultaneously, undertook the task of equipping his unit with new aircraft. He formulated every detail concerning the collection of aircraft and the ground and test equipment, and organised his Squadron into an efficient unit for training of aircrew and technicians. It was due to his dedication and inspiring leadership that his fledgling Squadron accomplished the significant achievement of accident-free flying in the first year of its re-equipment and turned out five pilots fully operational and seven other pilots operational by day. Within a short period of nine months of its change over to MiG BIS aircraft, it was required to take part in the Western Air Command Armament Meet 'Arjuna 78'. Despite the limited experience of its personnel on the new aircraft, the Squadron displayed commendable performance at the Armament meet. The planning, organisational and man­management capabilities of Wing Commander Tipnis have been above average. The commendable contribution of his professional competence is that he has maintained an accident free record right from the beginning. His unit has also achieved 100 % serviceability twice during this year.

Wing Commander Anil Tipnis has thus displayed high professional skill and devotion to duty of an exceptional order.

Unit : 23 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 13th June 1981 - No.34-Pres/81 dated 26th January 1981
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVMAnil Yeshwant Tipnis5859 F(P)Award Date 27 Jan 1994Announced 27 Jan 1994
Details :

Air Vice Marshal Anil Yashwant Tipnis VM (5859) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned as fighter pilot on 28 May 60. He was first in his course and maintained this position on completion of the Pilot Attack Instructor and Fighter Combat Leader Courses. He is an alumnus of both the Defence Services Staff College and National Defence College. He commanded a fighter squadron (Sqn) during 1977-79 and was awarded Vayu Seva Medal for distinguished service in 1980.

The air Officer has held the important and sensitive appointments of Ops 1 A at HQ Western Air Command and Joint Director Air Defence at Air HQ. Because of his proven professional knowledge and capabilities, he was selected for a deputation to a friendly country to train their pilots. He was specially chosen to lead the Indian team on deputation to France for Mirage 2000 project during 1983-86.

On promotion to the rank of Air Commodore, he was appointed Air Officer Commanding of a major base in central sector. After completion of his command tenure, the Air Officer was appointed as Joint Director Personnel (Officers). On his promotion to the rank of Air Vice Marshal, he was appointed as Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Inspection). The Air Officer, with his vast experience and large bank of professional knowledge, set about revising the procedures and assessment criteria for the inspection of field units by the Directorate of Air Staff Inspection. He successfully completed the monumental task in a record time so that these could be implemented to ensure a more realistic assessment of the IAF's combat potential.

Air Vice Marshal Anil Yashwant Tipnis VM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI1994127
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalAnil Yeshwant Tipnis5859 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1997Announced 26 Jan 1997
Details :

Air Marshal AY Tipnis, AVSM, VM was commissioned as a Fighter Pilot on 28 May 60. He has held several key field and staff appointments in his long and distinguished career. A pilot attack instructor and a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, he has commanded a fighter squadron and was the leader of the Mirage project team in France. He was awarded VM in 1980. On return from France he was appointed the Air Officer Commanding of the Mirage-2000 Base. An alumnus of the National Defence College he has held the staff appointments of Joint Director and Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Inspection) at Air Headquarters. A year later he was appointed the Air Officer Commanding Jammu and Kashmir and was awarded AVSM in 1994.

The Air Officer holds the unique distinction of serving as the Senior Air Staff Officer of two operational commands, Eastern Air Command and Western Air Command. He took over as the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command on 01 Aug 95. As Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command, despite the existing monetary, equipment and manpower crunch, through a rational reallocation of the available resources he has successfully enhanced the operational preparedness of the largest Operational Command of the Indian Air Force. He flew the Mi-26 on its first landing at the treacherous Dalhousie helipad, flew the AN-32 on its first landing at Leh by night, and lead the fly-past on 26 Jan 96, thus leading by example and making valuable contribution in maintaining a high state of morale amongst the personnel.

Air Marshal AY Tipnis, AVSM, VM has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19970126

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
19 Apr 1968MiG-21 UU-460Flt Lt J P Singh
Flt Lt Anil Yeshwant Tipnis
1 SqnDeadStick Landing af

Additional Notes

Remarks: AY Tipnis Note added: 2019-06-08
Air Chief Marshal Tipnis was born in 1940 and completed his senior Cambridge from Barnes School in Deolali (Maharastra) in 1955. He then joined the 15th NDA course at Khadakvasla where is got his blues in Sailing and Boxing and did flying on the T21B and Baby Eon gliders. During his training at AFFC and JTW he flew the HT2, Texan, Vampire and bagged the Mazumdar trophy for Best graduating fighter pilot. Thereafter he was posted to the 27 sqn for ~3 years flying the Hunter aircraft. In Sep 1963 started his long service with the MiG-21 in IAF. He was posted to 28 sqn flying the type 74 and Type 76 and was the first batch of pilots trained on the MiG-21 in India. Nearly 30 months into the role, he moved to Jaisalmer to do is PAI course and was recipient of the Norhonha trophy. Over the next few years he was instrumental in converting a number of squadrons to the MiG-21 namely 1 Sqn (T-77, 1966), 8 Sqn (T-77, 1969) and 7 Sqn (MF, 1973). In 1968 while on the posted strength of AFS Adampur he did a Dead-stick landing MiG 21 Trainer outside airfield area. Aircraft was flown again after repair and remains the such MiG 21 incidence in IAF. He had a long stint with the Iraq AF as instructor during 1970-72 where he flew the MiG-21 PFM at AFS Al Rashid and Habbaniya. On return from Iraq he completed the FCL course at TACDE bagging the Jam Satyaji Sword of Honour. Subsequently he also did a tenure as directing Staff at TACDE. In October 1983 on being promoted to group captain he was sent to Paris to be the Team Lead of the Mirage 2000 project. His role involved management of contracts & Overseeing of Performance Guarantees for aircraft, engine, electronic systems, weapons of Messrs Dassault, SNECMA, Thomson CSF, MATRA & Training of Mirage 2000 pilots and technical personal.
Remarks: NDTV Note added: 2000-08-01

Articles from Main Site

My Fair Lady - Ode to the MiG-21 by Air Chief Marshal A Y Tipnis (Retd) -
Summer of 1999 : View from 5th Floor Air HQ by Air Vice Marshal Manmohan Bahadur (Retd) -

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