No.45 Squadron Flying Daggers
Motto : Ajeeta Nabaha Date Raised : 1960-02-15
No. 45 Squadron IAF was formed on 15 Feb 1960 with the British built De Havilland Vampire. The Squadron was christened as "Flying Daggers' with its motto being 'Ajeetakshay". The Squadron was the first to draw enemy blood when it took part in the Indoâ€”Pak war of 1965 and was tasked with the first strike mission of the conflict, to be carried out on an armoured column in the Chhamb sector. After the war, the Squadron was re-equipped with the 'Gnat'. The squadron evolved over the rest of the century with the Mig-21 T-77 and went on to be a frontline Mig-21 Bis squadron. The Squadron drew blood again on '10 Aug 1999. when it shot down an intruding Atlantique aircraft of Pakistan Air Force in the Kutch sector. The Squadron was number plated in Dec 2002 and was resurrected in Dec 2013. On 01 Jul 2016. the 'Flying Daggers' became the first squadron in the world to induct the indigenous LCATejas Mk 1.
Aircraft Types operated over the years:
|3481 GD(P)COPalam||4204 F(P)COAdampur||4425 GD(P)COSarsawa/ Pune/ Patha||3591 F(P)COChandigarh||4416 F(P)COChandigarh|
| ||4796 F(P)COChandigarh/ Bareilly||5071 F(P)COBareilly||5605 F(P)COBareilly/ Hashimara||6519 F(P)COHashimara/ Jamnagar|
|7432 F(P)COJamnagar||7702 F(P)COJamnagar||10866 F(P)COJamnagar||10889 F(P)CO||12408 F(P)CO|
|12775 F(P)CONaliya||13927 F(P)CONaliya||14565 F(P)CONaliya||15698 F(P)CONaliya||16557 F(P)CONaliya|