No.18 Squadron Flying Bullets

Motto : Theevra Aur Nirbhay (Swift and Fearless)
Date Raised : 1965-04-15 Location : Sulur (Coimbatore)
No.18 Squadron AF was formed at Ambala on 15 Apr 1965 with five Gnat aircraft and eleven pilots. The squadron was christened “FLYING BULLETS” as it was equipped with the Gnat fighter aircraft which was small, lean and deadly.The Sqn crest depicts a bullet with wings, ahead of which is a shockwave indicating supersonic flight. The Sqn motto is “Teevra aur Nirbhay” which translates to “Swift and Fearless”. The Sqn recieved one VM during the operations of 1965, three Mention-in-Dispatches in 1971 along with the only PVC of the Indian Air Force awarded to Fg Offr Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon. In Jan 72 it moved back to Ambala and there after moved to Srinagar once again in Feb 75 where it converted to Ajeets. The squadron remained at Srinagar till Jan 85 and then moved to Sulur and then to Bagdogra in Feb 88 after which it moved to Hindan in May 89 to be converted to the formidable MiG 27 ML, while operating across the length and breadth of the country. The Sqn was number-plated in Apr 16. Carrying forward the legacy of the “Flying Bullets”, the Sqn is again getting resurrected on 01 Apr 20 at Sulur, with eight officers and the indigenous Tejas Mk1 FOC aircraft, which is a single-engine, light weight, highly agile, all weather multi-role fighter aircraft. Though the primary role of the aircraft is Air Defence, it is also designed to undertake Ground attack and Maritime Operations. Being the first Squadron of the Tejas Mk1 FOC, the Flying Bullets have been tasked with the responsibility of operationalising the Sqn once again to carry forward the rich legacy of their predecessors.

Aircraft Types operated over the years:

Commanding Officers


15 Apr 65 - 29 Dec 66
Wing Commander
Aubrey Leslie Michael
3416 F(P)
CO
Ambala

02 Jan 67 - 06 Dec 70
Wing Commander
Denzil Edward Satur
4339 F(P)
CO
Ambala

07 Dec 70 - 21 Jun 71
Wing Commander
Dwijendra Lal Dhar
4678 GD(P)
CO
Ambala

16 Aug 71 - 22 Feb 72
Wing Commander
Parmarthi Raina
4650 F(P)
CO
Ambala/ Srinagar

03 Mar 72 - 02 Jul 74
Wing Commander
Mohan Vasudeo Kashikar
4801 F(P)
CO
Ambala

03 Jul 74 - 22 Jun 75
Wing Commander
Trevor Joseph Keelor
4818 F(P)
CO
Ambala/ Srinagar

23 Jun 75 - 06 Jun 77
Wing Commander
Herbert Moel David
5179 F(P)
CO
Srinagar

07 Jun 77 - 02 Feb 81
Wing Commander
Kamal Khanna
5795 F(P)
CO
Srinagar

02 Feb 81 - 20 Jun 83
Wing Commander
Eapen Mathulla
8365 F(P)
CO
Srinagar

21 Jun 83 - 06 May 85
Wing Commander
Sunil Kumar Malik
9002 F(P)
CO
Srinagar

06 May 85 - 05 Jun 87
Wing Commander
Chidambaram Sarangapani Chandrasekaran
8768 F(P)
CO
Srinagar/ Sulur

06 Jun 87 - 09 Apr 89
Wing Commander
Ranjit Singh Tathgur
11877 F(P)
CO
Sulur/ Bagdogra

10 Apr 89 - 12 May 91
Wing Commander
Birendra Singh Yadav
12373 F(P)
CO
Hindon

13 May 91 - 23 May 93
Wing Commander
Sanjay Kumar Jayaswal
13134 F(P)
CO
Hindon

24 May 93 - 19 Feb 95
Wing Commander
Anil Gupta
13242 F(P)
CO
Hindon

25 Feb 95 - 23 Feb 97
Wing Commander
Pradeep Singh
14086 F(P)
CO
Hindon/ Kalaikunda

24 Feb 97 - 22 Nov 98
Wing Commander
Anil Chaudhary
14564 F(P)
CO
Kalaikunda

23 Nov 98 - 22 Oct 00
Wing Commander
Ashminder Singh Bahal
16208 F(P)
CO
Kalaikunda

Unknown -
Wing Commander
Thazhathupulikunnel Devasia Joseph
16964 F(P)
CO
Kalaikunda

Unknown -
Wing Commander
Sujeet Pushpakar Dharkar
17841 F(P)
CO
Kalaikunda

Unknown -
Wing Commander
Manoj Yashwant Marathe
18824 F(P)
CO
Kalaikunda

Unknown -
Wing Commander
Sameer Mehra
19524 F(P)
CO
Kalaikunda

Unknown -
Wing Commander
Gourab Sinha
20467 F(P)
CO
Kalaikunda

Unknown -
Wing Commander
Vasudevan Rajalekshmi Sanil
21523 F(P)
CO
Kalaikunda

31 Mar 14 - 31 Mar 16
Wing Commander
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99999
CO


27 May 20 -
Group Captain
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99999
CO
Sulur

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