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Air Marshal Adi Rustomji Ghandhi

Service No & Branch 7722 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 28 Oct 1963 Course: 85 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Jun 2004 Superannuated
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 21 Jun 1982Gp Capt : 19 May 1986Acting Air Cmde : 02 Dec 1991Air Cmde : 02 Dec 1991
AVM : 16 Oct 1996Air Marshal : 01 Apr 2001C-in-C : 29 Apr 2002
Training and Other Courses Attended
3 FCL (Sqn Ldr) - 30 Nov 197435 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1995
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 Oct 1963 - 01 Jun 1964Plt OffrNo.220 SquadronPune Squadron Pilot
01 Jun 1964 - 01 Oct 1965Fg OffrNo.7 SquadronHalwara Squadron Pilot
01 Oct 1965 - 01 Jan 1966Fg OffrNo.18 SquadronAmbala Squadron Pilot
01 Jan 1966 - 25 Feb 1967Flt LtNo.9 SquadronHalwara Squadron Pilot
25 Feb 1967 - 24 Dec 1970Flt LtNo.22 SquadronBareilly/ Kalaikunda Squadron Pilot
24 Dec 1970 - 17 Jan 1971Flt LtNo.8 SquadronChandigarh Squadron Pilot
17 Jan 1971 - 02 Jul 1972Flt LtNo.8 SquadronPoona Squadron Pilot
02 Jul 1972 - 16 Dec 1974Flt LtNo.3 SquadronHindon/ Pathankot Squadron Pilot
16 Dec 1974 - 30 Jan 1975Sqn LdrTactics and Combat Development EstablishmentJamnagar Squadron Pilot
30 Jan 1975 - 15 May 1978Sqn LdrNo.21 SquadronPune Squadron Pilot
15 May 1978 - 10 Dec 1979Sqn LdrNo.15 SquadronPune Flight Commander
10 Dec 1979 - 16 Nov 1981Wg CdrNo.15 SquadronPune/ Bhuj Commanding Officer
17 Nov 1981 - 23 Jan 1984Wg CdrDeputation to Nigeria 
23 Jan 1984 - 08 Jul 1985Wg CdrTactics and Combat Development EstablishmentJamnagar Oi/c training and Oi/c De
08 Jul 1985 - 03 Feb 1986Gp CaptCollege of Air WarfareSecunderabad HACC
03 Feb 1986 - 01 Jun 1988Gp CaptCollege of CombatMHOW Directing Staff (Air)
01 Jun 1988 - 21 Nov 1991Gp Capt2 WingLohegaon (Pune) Chief Operations Officer
21 Nov 1991 - 02 Jan 1994Air Cmde40 WingMaharajpur (Gwalior) Air Officer Commanding
01 Jan 1994 - 02 Jan 1995Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Air Staff Inspection)
08 Jan 1996 - 01 Oct 1996Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Air Staff Inspection)
01 Oct 1996 - 20 Jul 1998AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Additional Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Operations
17 Aug 1998 - 02 Nov 1998AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Director, Personnel Officers
03 Nov 1998 - 31 Aug 1999AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Personnel Officers
01 Sep 1999 - 31 Mar 2001AVMCollege of Air WarfareSecunderabad Commandant
01 Apr 2001 - 20 Jan 2002Air MarshalSouth Western Air CommandGandhinagar Senior Air Staff Officer
21 Jan 2002 - 28 Apr 2002Air MarshalWestern Air CommandDelhi Senior Air Staff Officer
29 Apr 2002 - 16 Nov 2003Air MarshalWestern Air CommandDelhi Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
17 Nov 2003 - 30 Jun 2004Air MarshalSouth Western Air CommandGandhinagar Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vir Chakra
Fg OffrAdi Rustomji Ghandhi7722 GD(P)Award Date 06 Sep 1965Announced 10 Sep 1965
Details : On the 6th September, 1965, Flying Officer Adi Rustomji Ghandhi was number two in a section of two aircraft on a Combat Air Patrol sortie over Halwara. Two other aircraft were also airborne on the same mission for mutual cover. Suddenly four Pakistani F-86 aircraft sneaked in low to attack the airfield and pulled up just behind Flying Officer Ghandhi’s section. One of the enemy Sabres shot down his leader before it was spotted. Undeterred by his sudden misfortune, Flying Officer Ghandhi skillfully manoeuvred his aircraft got behind the F-86 aircraft and shot it down. Thereafter, overwhelmed by numbers, he was himself shot down. The Sabres were however driven off, the enemy attack foiled, and our airfield, aircraft and ground installations escaped damage. In this operation Flying Officer Ghandhi displayed commendable courage in the face of the enemy.
Unit : 7 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 1st January 1966 - No.131 - Pres/65 dated 10th September 1965
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeAdi Rustomji Ghandhi7722 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1994Announced 26 Jan 1994
Details :

Air Commodore Adi Rustomji Ghandhi, VrC (7722) F (P) was commissioned as a fighter pilot on 28 Oct 63. He has over 3600 of single engine jet flying to his credit. During his 30 years of commissioned service, he has held many important and prestigious field and staff appointments which include Command of a fighter squadron and staff pilot at 'Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment'. He has taken part in both the Indo-Pak war of 1965 and 1971. He was awarded Vir Chakra on 06 Sep 65.

Air Cmde Gandhi has been Air Officer Commanding (AOC) of a Fighter Base at Gawalior since 02 Dec 91. Throughout the period of Command he displayed total dedication to service and absolute involvement in all activities of the Base. His dynamic leadership has inspired the personnel to new heights of motivation and efficiency.

Both the Mirage Squadrons of the IAF along with a squadron each of Pechora and OSA-AK-M missiles are located at this base. The Electronic Warfare Range of the IAF conducts numerous trials and exercises with a view to evolve ECM and ECCM tactics. This Base and its lodger units have acquitted themselves admirably during all Command and Air Headquarters Exercises and also while undertaking specific tasks allocated to the Base. Visiting Inspection teams have adjudged the performance as of high caliber, which bespeaks of the high standards.

Under his able guidance the Base has created a Fourth Line Repair Model based on data generated for the last eight years to ensure better snag rectification. This Base has also developed user friendly software for Trouble Shooting Charts for various maintenance problems. Such technical innovations are a continuous activity at this Base.

Perforce, a large number of personnel have to live in civil areas at a considerable distance from the place of duty. Air Cmde Ghandhi has been able to galvanize local resources to run a number of general welfare activities and provide necessary amenities ease out the problems faced by the personnel and to improve the overall quality of life of all personnel.

Air Commodore Adi Rustomji Ghandhi, VrC has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19940126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalAdi Rustomji Ghandhi7722 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2003Announced 26 Jan 2003
Details :

Air Marshal Adi Rustomji Ghandhi AVSM VrC (7722) F (P) was commissioned in Air Force on 28 Oct 63. During his 39 years of service, he has held many Important and challenging field and staff appointments which include Command of a fighter squadron, Command of a prestigious Air Force Station, Assistant Chief of Air Staff (PO), Commandant of College of Air Warfare, Senior Air Staff Officer (SASO) of South Western Air Command and Western Air Command. Presently he holds the appointment of Air Officer Commanding-inChief, Western Air Command. He has taken part in both the lndo-Pak wars of 1965 and 1971. He was awarded Vir Chakra on 06 Sep 65 for acts of gallantry.

As Air Officer Commanding of an important fighter base, where both the Mirage of the IAF along with a Squadron each of Pechora and OSA-AK-M missiles are located, he displayed total dedication to service and absolute involvement in all activities of the base. As a result, the base and its lodger units acquitted themselves admirably during all Command and Air Headquarter exercises. For his exceptional service and devotion to duty, he was awarded Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 1994.

As Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Personnel Officers) he took keen interest in evolving personnel policies for the Officer cadre of the IAF. As SASO of two operational Commands, he provided the impetus towards greater operational thinking as well as rationalization of infrastructure required within the Command.

On taking over as AOC-in-C of Western Air Command, he set into motion a variety of measures aimed at sharpening the fighting edge of the most important Command of the IAF. He also strived relentlessly to improve the work culture, morale and motivation level of the personnel at all levels. As a result, the Command was able to mobilise resources and move units to their Op locations in the shortest possible time during of Op Parakram.

Air Mshl Ghandhi has been instrumental in initiating a series of major drives to reduce accidents due to bird strikes, beautification of technical and domestic areas improving the quality of output by the MES and most important of all, improving the quality of life of Air Force Personnel specially at remote and difficult Stations.

Air Marshal Adi Rustomji Ghandhi AVSM VrC has thus rendered distinguished service of most exceptional order.

Unit : WAC
Reference : GoI20030126

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
06 Sep 1965Hunter F56BA-251Fg Offr Adi Rustomji Ghandhi
7 SqnShot down by F-86 ne
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