Flying Instructors School


Date Raised : 1948-04-01 Location : Tambaram
During October 1954, when it was running the 15th All Purpose Flying Instructors Course, it was also ordered to move down south to Tambaram. From its inception till its move to Tambaram, it had conducted fourteen courses; a rate of a little more than two training courses per year. Initially it had produced only about five instructors per course and that had slowly increased to about 9 for the 15th course. The needs of the Air Force were increasing by leaps and bounds. More instructors were urgently needed. Therefore, now that the unit was located in a place where it had room to expand, the intake was substantially increased for the 16th APFI course to a pupil-strength of 25 including one officer from the Army.

Commanding Officers


01 Apr 48 - 15 Jan 49
Flight Lieutenant
Leslie Richard Dickinson Blunt
1994 GD(P)
CO
Ambala

15 Jan 49 - 07 Apr 49
Flight Lieutenant
Trilok Nath Bhanot
2380 GD(P)
CO
Ambala

08 Apr 49 - 09 Dec 49
Flight Lieutenant
Hemonto Kumar Bose
2348 F(P)
CO
Ambala

09 Dec 49 -
Squadron Leader
Hemonto Kumar Bose
2348 F(P)
CO
Ambala

Unknown - 17 Aug 51
Squadron Leader
Leslie Richard Dickinson Blunt
1994 GD(P)
CO
Ambala

16 Aug 51 - 04 Oct 53
Squadron Leader
Jaspal Singh
2451 F(P)
CO
Ambala

05 Oct 53 - 16 May 57
Squadron Leader
Walter Joseph Fernandes
2713 F(P)
CO
Ambala/ Tambaram

17 May 57 - 22 Jan 60
Squadron Leader
Krishan Lal Suri
2907 F(P)
CO
Tambaram

22 Jan 60 - 09 Jul 62
Squadron Leader
Reginald John Manual Upot
3599 F(P)
CO
Tambaram

09 Jul 62 - 10 Mar 65
Wing Commander
Narendra Bahadur Singh
2971 F(P)
CO
Tambaram

10 Mar 65 - 22 Apr 67
Wing Commander
Evans Lionel Birch
3487 F(P)
CO
Tambaram

22 Apr 67 - 16 Dec 68
Wing Commander
Prabhakar Jaywant Jakatdar
4237 F(P)
CO
Tambaram

16 Dec 68 - 23 Oct 71
Wing Commander
John Philipose
4477 F(P)
CO
Tambaram

23 Oct 71 - 20 May 74
Wing Commander
Prakash Dev Dogra
4250 F(P)
CO
Tambaram

20 May 74 - 16 Feb 76
Wing Commander
Debabrata Sen Gupta
4979 GD(P)
CO
Tambaram

16 Feb 76 - 30 Aug 76
Wing Commander
Tapas Kumar Sen
4475 F(P)
CO
Tambaram

30 Aug 76 - 18 Mar 77
Group Captain
Tapas Kumar Sen
4475 F(P)
CO
Tambaram

18 Mar 77 - 20 Jun 77
Wing Commander
Madhabendra Banerji
4898 F(P)
CO
Tambaram

20 Jun 77 - 01 Nov 80
Group Captain
Madhabendra Banerji
4898 F(P)
CO
Tambaram

01 Nov 80 - 02 Jan 82
Group Captain
Narendra Narayan Ubgade
4878 F(P)
CO
Tambaram

02 Jan 82 - 09 Apr 84
Group Captain
Thupakulu Narasimhulu Bhavani Shankar
5060 F(P)
CO
Tambaram

09 Apr 84 - 15 Feb 88
Group Captain
Ranjit Kumar Malhotra
6513 F(P)
CO
Tambaram

15 Feb 88 - 27 Mar 90
Group Captain
Manayanthara Kunjanpillai Raghava Menon
8766 F(P)
CO
Tambaram

27 Mar 90 - 07 Dec 92
Group Captain
Ajit Kumar Manohar Raje
9050 F(P)
CO
Tambaram

07 Dec 92 - 20 Feb 95
Group Captain
Murali Sundaram
12369 F(P)
CO
Tambaram

20 Feb 95 - 16 Dec 96
Group Captain
Anil Gupta
13242 F(P)
CO
Tambaram

16 Dec 96 - 05 Jul 99
Group Captain
Krishna Kumar Swaminathan
13251 F(P)
CO
Tambaram

05 Jul 99 - 31 Oct 01
Group Captain
Vikas Krishna Rao Yajurvedi
13248 F(P)
CO
Tambaram

01 Nov 01 - 15 Jun 03
Group Captain
Kuldeep Malik
15181 F(P)
CO
Tambaram

15 Jun 03 - 20 Apr 05
Group Captain
Anup Ghosh
15563 F(P)
CO
Tambaram

20 Apr 05 - 31 Jul 07
Group Captain
Harikamal Jeet Singh Sokhey
15858 F(P)
CO
Tambaram

01 Aug 07 - 25 May 09
Group Captain
Thazhathupulikunnel Devasia Joseph
16964 F(P)
CO
Tambaram

28 May 11 - 21 Apr 13
Group Captain
Harpreet Singh Basra
19174 F(P)
CO
Tambaram

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