No.15 Squadron Flying Lances

Motto : Nihantavya Shatrava (Anhillate the Enemy)
Date Raised : 1951-08-20 Location : Halwara
15 Squadron, Air Force was formed on 2 August 1951 at Ambala. The Squadron was equipped with Spitfire MK-XVIII. In 1953, the Squadron was number plated and all the Spit Fires were allotted to the newly formed Air Force Academy. The Squadron was re-formed at Ambala on 26 November 1964, equipped with Folland Gnat aircraft. In April 1969, the Units moved to Bagdogra. In 1975, the Lances, moved to Pune and converted onto the supersonic MiG-21 Bis aircraft. In the year 1981, the Squadron moved to Bhuj. In 1983, the "Flying Lances" were the first MiG-21 Bis squadron in the Air Force to be modified for the Matra Magic R55, air to air missiles. The squadron was again number plated in 2009 and re-raised in 2012 on the Su-30 at Sirsa AFS

Aircraft Types operated over the years:

Commanding Officers


20 Aug 51 - 26 Jan 53
Squadron Leader
Edul Jahangir Dhatigara
1899 F(P)
CO
Halwara

28 Nov 64 - 17 Dec 65
Wing Commander
Minoo Jehangir Dotiwalla
3839 F(P)
CO
Ambala

03 Jan 66 - 28 Apr 69
Wing Commander
Chandra Kant Viswanath Gole
3652 F(P)
CO
Ambala

26 Jun 69 - 15 Feb 72
Wing Commander
Man Mohan Singh
4023 F(P)
CO
Bagdogra

03 Mar 72 - 21 Jan 74
Wing Commander
Parmarthi Raina
4650 F(P)
CO
Bagdogra

01 Feb 74 - 31 Oct 76
Wing Commander
Manjunath Sadanand
4994 F(P)
CO
Bagdogra/ Pune

01 Nov 76 - 09 Dec 79
Wing Commander
Om Prakash Mullick
5377 F(P)
CO
Pune

10 Dec 79 - 16 Nov 81
Wing Commander
Adi Rustomji Ghandhi
7722 F(P)
CO
Pune/ Bhuj

11 Jan 82 - 11 Oct 83
Wing Commander
Devinder Singh Sant
8157 F(P)
CO
Bhuj

12 Oct 83 - 08 Jan 85
Wing Commander
Pradip Kantilal Gandhi
8142 F(P)
CO
Bhuj

08 Jul 85 - 23 Jun 87
Wing Commander
Balakrishna Menon
11307 F(P)
CO
Bhuj

24 Jun 87 - 15 May 89
Wing Commander
Yashwant Rao Rane
12210 F(P)
CO
Bhuj

16 May 89 - 11 Feb 90
Wing Commander
Pushpendra Singh
12512 F(P)
CO
Bhuj

12 Feb 90 - 10 Mar 92
Wing Commander
Rajinder Chandra Uppal
12929 F(P)
CO
Bhuj

10 Mar 92 - 24 Apr 94
Wing Commander
Jasbir Singh Panesar
13370 F(P)
CO
Bhuj

25 Apr 94 - 19 Nov 95
Wing Commander
Ramesh Malhotra
13590 F(P)
CO


20 Nov 95 - 19 Jan 98
Wing Commander
Prakash Babulal Patel
14555 F(P)
CO


20 Jan 98 - 18 Jun 00
Wing Commander
Shirish Baban Deo
15681 F(P)
CO


19 Jun 00 - 29 Sep 02
Wing Commander
Rajiv Dayal Mathur
16772 F(P)
CO


30 Sep 02 - 27 Jun 04
Wing Commander
Diptendu Choudhury
17335 F(P)
CO


28 Jun 04 - 11 Jun 06
Wing Commander
Rajiv Kumar Obheroi
18784 F(P)
CO


12 Jun 06 - 06 Apr 08
Wing Commander
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CO


07 Apr 08 - 30 Jun 09
Wing Commander
Kolal Krishnamurthy Venugopal
20459 F(P)
CO


17 Dec 12 - 31 Mar 14
Wing Commander
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99999
CO
Sirsa

01 Apr 14 - 29 Mar 15
Group Captain
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99999
CO
Sirsa

30 Mar 15 - 31 Mar 15
Wing Commander
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99999
CO
Sirsa

01 Apr 15 - 17 May 15
Group Captain
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99999
CO
Sirsa

18 May 15 - 30 Mar 17
Wing Commander
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99999
CO
Sirsa

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