No.104 Helicopter Unit Firebirds

Motto : Apatsu Mitram (A friend in time of need)
Date Raised : 1958-05-01 Disbanded : 1992-08-24 Location : Bhatinda
104 Helicopter Sqn, AF, known as the "Firebirds" was raised as a Helicopter Flight at Palam on 10 March 1954 and became the first Units of the IAF to be equipped with rotary wing aircraft. it was upgraded to a Units on 01 May 1958 and a Squadron on 25 August 1992. The Units changed bases to Hindan in March 1965 and Saharanpur in May 1976. At this point the role of the Units was changed to ATGM (Anti- Tank Guided Missile) Units and all aircraft were modified to carry four AS11B wire command guided missiles. in April 1990 Units shifted to Bhatinda and was re-quipped with the Mi-35. It moved to its current location in may 1994. Since its inception the squadron has operated the Sikorsky S-55, S-62, Bell 47-G, Mi-4, Alouette-III (Chetak) and the Mi-25/35 attack helicopters.

Aircraft Types operated over the years:
Unit previously existed as 104 HF

Commanding Officers

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DatesRank & NameNumberRemarksLocationPhoto
01 May 58 to 11 Oct 59 Sudhindra Kumar Majumdar3484 F(P)COPalam
12 Oct 59 to 19 Oct 62Squadron Leader Vinod Kumar Sahgal3853 GD(P)COPalam
01 Jan 63 to 31 Jul 63Squadron Leader Sudhindra Kumar Majumdar3484 F(P)COPalam
01 Aug 63 to 21 Jan 65Squadron Leader Krishan Kant Saini4436 F(P)COPalam
22 Mar 65 to 05 Nov 67Squadron Leader Bobby Johnson Berry4826 F(P)COHindon
06 Nov 67 to 31 Jan 71Squadron Leader Rakesh Tandon5391 F(P)COHindon
01 Feb 71 to 02 May 74Squadron Leader Subhash Madanmohan Hundiwala6351 F(P)COHindon
03 May 74 to 04 May 76Squadron Leader Chetan Swaroop Kataria7605 F(P)COHindon
05 May 76 to 24 Sep 78Squadron Leader Ashok Anand Thosar8209 F(P)COSarsawa
25 Sep 78 to 01 May 79Squadron Leader Manohar Pandurang Rane9763 F(P)COSarsawa
09 May 79 to 28 Oct 79Squadron Leader Gurdip Singh9395 F(P)COSarsawa
29 Oct 79 to 23 Dec 79Squadron Leader Avinash Chander Chopra7604 F(P)COSarsawa
24 Dec 79 to 15 Mar 81Wing Commander Avinash Chander Chopra7604 F(P)COSarsawa
16 Mar 81 to 29 Dec 82Wing Commander Nimai Krishna Rudra6861 F(P)COSarsawa
30 Dec 82 to 17 Jun 84Wing Commander Baldev Singh8694 F(P)COSarsawa
08 Oct 84 to 13 Jan 87Wing Commander Mohinder Kumar Saini9779 F(P)COSarsawa
14 Jan 87 to 14 Feb 89Wing Commander Jai Kishen Kaushik10524 F(P)COSarsawa
15 Feb 89 to 09 May 91Wing Commander Unnikrishnan G Kartha12959 F(P)COSarsawa/ Bhatinda
10 May 91 to 09 Feb 92Wing Commander Soumitra Shankar Bose12769 F(P)COBhatinda
10 Feb 92 to 24 Aug 92Wing Commander Pradeep Kumar Mulay12935 F(P)COBhatinda
Unit continued existence as 104 HS

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