By Air Commodore Krishnamurthi Rajaram
Due credit to Randhir Chadda who gave a new meaning to the term PPLR one day in 1975, when he walked into our wooden shack crew room at 31dumbell at Srinagar and announced in his usual droll manner, “Today the Gnat has completed a 100 hours on me.” Cut to 1991. Fifteen hundred take-offs, clinging on to her controls and, fortunately, the same number of arrivals on wheels later, she still took me for a ride!
By Air Marshal N (Nana) Menon
In Hindustani !
Gnat ek zabardast jahaaz hai
Iska kuch apna hi andaaz hai
Maidan-e-jung me jaata tha
har Sabre ko giraata tha
Saare desh ko ispe naaz hai
By Gp Capt Arvind ‘Shorts’ Kumar
A great fighter is the Gnat
One day,it took off for a spat
The hunter turned hard
The Mig mushed hard
And the Gnat had it’s pipper right on the craft.
By Air Cmde Krishnamurthi Rajaram
Not macho like Rambo or Rocky,
No champion in cricket or hockey,
By Air Mshl N (Nana) Menon
It seems only few are contributing. Nevertheless, here are some more!
A Gnatty Sikh pilot, fully geared
Was on a scramble when his canopy sheared
One moment he was flying
The next he was lying
Flat on a river-bed with sand in his beard.
The Gnat sorted out men from the boys
But once airborne it flew with poise
The start-up was airy
The take-off quite scary
And the hydraulics gave one a Hobson’s choice.
Gnat and MiG-21 jocks got up in the sky
To decide which of them could the better fly
Said the Gnat jock,”You cannot do much”
” Even with your reheat and such”
I’ll be on your tail whatever you try.
If when flying your trim runs away
This is what wizened old Gnat pilots say
The nose will dip, sudden and sharp
And if you are no hurry to play the harp
Just split the tail and save the day.
By Air Cmde AD Chhibbar
The Gnat was indeed a beauty
On the ORP it looked a real cutie
Once up in the air
In weather foul or fair
Gave adversaries nightmares galore
While the Gnat pilot said “Yeh dil maange more”.
Air Mshl N (Nana) Menon
With apologies to all Hunter pilots, who are almost as good!
Hunter and Gnat pllots wanted to fight
They both climbed to their combat height
After reaching the low density air
Hunter guy could’nt see anyone up there
So he yelled,’You little runt, are you on my left or right?’
The Gnat chap said “Look 500y 3 O’clock
And I can see you abreast big as a rock
But let me give you some advice
If you want to sharpen your eyes
‘Eat more carrots you Hunter jock!’
So combat began, neither wanted to fail
Each being a red-blooded, hot a—d male
Hunter jock asked.’Now where are you?’
Have you also lost me in this expansive blue?’
‘Carry on’ said the Gnat guy, I am on your tail.’
By Wg Cdr CK Sharma
The serene beauty of flying the Gnat
And you always came out tops in an aerial spat!