No.26 Squadron Warriors

Motto : Yudhyasva Vigatha Jwar (Wage war with all efforts)
Date Raised : 1968-01-01
No. 26 Sqn, AF was formed under the command of Wg Cdr MM Singh, on 1st of Jan 1968 at Adampur. It was the first Sqn in the IAF to be equipped with the indomitable SU-7 aircraft. Four officers and 35 men caught the Magic Carpet flight out of India on 23 April 1967 & spent their time under training at Loogavaya, Frunze, Alma Ata & Krasnodar. The officer at the head of the batch was Sqn Ldr R Ramamurthy. Until mid 1971, the Sqn was the type training Sqn,which helped in to train, convert & equip other SU-7 Sqns of IAF

Aircraft Types operated over the years:

Commanding Officers


10 Jan 68 - 10 Mar 68
Wing Commander
Man Mohan Singh
4023 F(P)
CO
Adampur

11 Mar 68 - 29 Nov 70
Wing Commander
Mohinder Singh Bawa
4494 F(P)
CO
Adampur

30 Nov 70 - 13 Jan 72
Wing Commander
Ram Krishna Batra
4715 F(P)
CO
Adampur

14 Jan 72 - 10 May 74
Wing Commander
Arya Bhushan Lamba
4713 F(P)
CO
Adampur/ Ambala

26 May 76 - 29 Oct 78
Wing Commander
Chandra Sekhar Doraiswamy
5601 F(P)
CO
Ambala

30 Oct 78 - 16 Apr 80
Wing Commander
Kukke Sreekantasastry Suresh
6742 F(P)
CO
Ambala/ Pathankot

17 Apr 80 - 08 Jun 82
Wing Commander
Nagina Singh Matharhoo
8180 F(P)
CO
Pathankot

09 Jun 82 - 18 Dec 83
Wing Commander
Surjit Singh
8148 F(P)
CO
Pathankot

19 Dec 83 - 29 Dec 85
Wing Commander
Ashok Kumar Talwar
9057 F(P)
CO
Pathankot

30 Dec 85 - 23 Nov 86
Wing Commander
Apparanda Mudapa Ganapathy
9759 F(P)
CO
Pathankot

24 Nov 86 - 18 Dec 88
Wing Commander
Pradeep Vasant Naik
12005 F(P)
CO
Pathankot

19 Dec 88 - 30 Sep 90
Wing Commander
Shah Baig Singh Paul
11857 F(P)
CO
Pathankot

01 Oct 90 - 25 Oct 92
Wing Commander
Pushpendra Singh
12512 F(P)
CO
Pathankot

26 Oct 92 - 16 Oct 94
Wing Commander
Mukesh Bhandari
13380 F(P)
CO
Pathankot

17 Oct 94 - 21 Oct 96
Wing Commander
Rajesh Chidambaram
13924 F(P)
CO
Pathankot

22 Oct 96 - 11 Oct 98
Wing Commander
Amit Aneja
14668 F(P)
CO
Pathankot

12 Oct 98 - 08 Apr 01
Wing Commander
Chetan Bali
15708 F(P)
CO
Pathankot

09 Apr 01 - 28 Jul 02
Wing Commander
Rohit Verma
16029 F(P)
CO
Pathankot

29 Jul 02 - 18 Jul 04
Wing Commander
Gurcharan Singh Bedi
17448 F(P)
CO
Pathankot

19 Jul 04 - 14 May 06
Wing Commander
Makarand Ranade
18586 F(P)
CO
Pathankot

15 May 06 - 11 May 08
Wing Commander
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99999
CO
Pathankot

12 May 08 - 09 May 10
Wing Commander
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99999
CO
Pathankot

10 May 10 - 11 Jun 12
Wing Commander
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99999
CO
Pathankot

12 Jun 12 - 30 Mar 14
Wing Commander
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99999
CO
Pathankot

31 Mar 14 - 27 Mar 16
Group Captain
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99999
CO
Pathankot

28 Mar 16 - 03 Jun 18
Group Captain
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99999
CO
Pathankot

04 Jun 18 -
Group Captain
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99999
CO
Pathankot

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