|Service No & Branch||9735 F(P)|
|Date of Birth: -- --- ----||Commissioned: 16 Oct 1965||Course: 94 Course||Entry Mode : Direct|
|Service End:||Retired on 29 Nov 1980 Voluntary Retirement|
|Qualifications Held :|
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|29 Nov 1976 -||Flt Lt||HAL||Bangalore||Test Pilot|
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|Sqn Ldr||Suresh Haribhav Apte||9735 F(P)||Award Date 18 May 1984||Announced 26 Jan 1985|
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Squadron Leader Suresh Haribhav Apte has been engaged in test flying duties at HAL Bangalore complex since November, 1976. On the 18th May, 1984, Sqn Ldr Apte experienced an engine failure on his HPT-32 prototype aircraft due to fuel supply problems. He was at a height of 1000 feet which was barely sufficient to make a forced landing at the airfield. However, with great skill and cool courage he made a 90 degree turn at 50 ft. altitude and made a perfect landing on the runway.
Squadron Leader Suresh Haribhav Apte thus displayed undaunted courage, determination and devotion to duty of a high order.
|Unit : HAL|
|Reference : Gazette of India , 16th March 1985 - No.?? - Pres/85 dated 26th January 1985|