Los­ing out on (IAF) His­tory ?

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - Aviation Defence & In India -

Even as some new air­craft types are be­ing in­ducted by the In­dian Air Force, no­tably the Boe­ing C-17 Globe­mas­ter III and Lock­heed Martin C-130J Su­per Her­cules, the Ser­vice has ig­nored its own his­tory and the ‘right’ of cer­tain Squadrons to be res­ur­rected af­ter suf­fer­ing from ‘num­ber plat­ing’ some years back. In par­tic­u­lar, Nos.19 and 42 Squadrons, which had a dis­tin­guished record of ser­vice in war and peace, in­clud­ing dur­ing the 1962 China war and the IPKF years in Sri Lanka but had the ig­nominy of be­ing ig­nored even as new squadrons were cre­ated for new air­craft types, namely Nos. 77 and 81…

As a side ob­ser­va­tion, and as this Is­sue goes to press, the plat­inum ju­bilees of Nos. 6, 7 and 8 Squadrons have been rel­a­tively low key, even though the Golden Ju­bilees of these highly ac­claimed for­ma­tions had been marked in ma­jor man­ner, also with com­pre­hen­sive his­to­ries pub­lished which will be their proud record for pos­ter­ity … till then.

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