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Air Commodore Harbans Singh Sahota

Service No & Branch 7663 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 28 Oct 1963 Course: 85 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Jan 1995 Superannuated Flying Hours : 3665 Nick Name : Herbie
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 28 Oct 1964Wg Cdr : 08 Feb 1982Gp Capt : 19 May 1986Acting Air Cmde : 07 Jan 1991
Air Cmde : 07 Jan 1991
Training and Other Courses Attended
4 FCL (Sqn Ldr) - 28 Feb 1975
Badges Qualified
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Sqn Ldr
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

28 Oct 1963 - 31 May 1964Plt OffrNo.24 Squadron Squadron Pilot
01 Jun 1964 - 31 Jan 1965Plt OffrCCTS, USAFLackland/ Randolph/  Adv Fighter Course (T-33/
27 Jan 1965 - Fg OffrNo.32 SquadronAdampur Squadron Pilot
- Flt LtNo.4 SquadronTezpur Squadron Pilot
- 31 Jul 1974Flt LtNo.8 SquadronPune Squadron Pilot
- 01 Dec 1976Sqn LdrNo.4 Squadron Squadron Pilot
01 Aug 1974 - 01 Dec 1975Sqn LdrNo.28 SquadronTezpur Flight Commander
01 Jan 1977 - 31 May 1977Sqn LdrNo.21 SquadronPune Squadron Pilot
01 Jul 1977 - 01 Dec 1979Sqn LdrNo.21 SquadronPune Flight Commander
01 Jan 1980 - 01 Jan 1982Sqn LdrNigerian AFNigeria Flying Instructor
- 13 Oct 1985Wg CdrSouth Western Air CommandJodhpur Ops 1A
01 Feb 1982 - 06 Aug 1984Wg CdrNo.21 SquadronPune Commanding Officer
14 Oct 1985 - 31 Aug 1987Gp CaptEastern Air CommandShillong Command Flying Safety & Inspection Officer
01 Sep 1987 - 31 Dec 1989Gp Capt11 WingTezpur Chief Operations Officer
07 Jan 1991 - 09 Jan 1995Air CmdeSouthern Air CommandTrivandrum Air-I
01 Dec 1992 - Air CmdeCollege of CombatMhow Directing Staff (Air)
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrHarbans Singh Sahota7663 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1984
Details :

Wing Commander Harbans Singh Sahota has had an illustrious career over the last 20 years of his services wherein he was entrusted with prestigious appointments and qualifications like Flight Commander of a MiG-21 Squadron, Command Examiner, Fighter Combat Leader and on deputation to the Nigerian Air Force. His performance in the execution of all his duties has been consistently commendable throughout his career which brought credit to the units which he served within the IAF and won the appreciation of a foreign Air Force by his noteworthy contribution in discernibly enhancing the flying training effort of that country. Wing Commander HS Sahota took over the Command of a fighter Squadron on 08 Feb 82. His meticulous planning, personal example of highest professional skills, devotion to duty and diligent execution enabled his Squadron to achieve praise worthy results in all spheres of activity which enhanced the operational preparedness as well as provided positive promotion of Flight Safety. His Squadron was thus able to achieve an accident tree record for the year 1982-83. In the field of maintenance, his unit had the honour of achieving 100% serviceability twice during the year.

For his diligence, sincerity of effort, dedication and devotion to duty and personal example, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Wing Commander Harbans Singh Sahota.

Unit : 21 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 2nd February 1985 - No.5-Pres/85 dated 26th January 1983

Additional Notes

Remarks: Blue Skies Podcast Note added: 2022-01-15
Blue Skies Podcast:S1Ep15: HS Sahota - A Farmers Son who dared to Fly

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