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Old 15th August 2018, 02:13   #31
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Hunters at Kalaikunda. "Operation Shiksha" with the RAF and USAF, Nov 1963.

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Travencore, many thanks. You are a reservoir of old valuable photos. In the top photo the tall young officer right in centre is Flight Lieut. AT Cooke who in 1965 engaged 3 Sabres on the Eastern front - shot down one, damaged a second and his wingman shot down the third. He later migrated to Australia. A couple of years ago, now in his seventies, he visited his old squadron. Photo below.
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Travencore, many thanks. You are a reservoir of old valuable photos. In the top photo the tall young officer right in centre is Flight Lieut. AT Cooke who in 1965 engaged 3 Sabres on the Eastern front - shot down one, damaged a second and his wingman shot down the third. He later migrated to Australia. A couple of years ago, now in his seventies, he visited his old squadron. Photo below.

The Air Commodore / AVM in the top photo looks like Arjan Singh.
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Yes that's Arjan Singh. To best of my knowledge (open to correction) this was the last IAF exercise with the Americans till the 21st century and its RedFlag exercises in Alaska.

In this exercise at one air station the Yanks put up an impromptu 4 ship acrobatic display to impress us Indians. Now the fighter pilot with a small ego ain't been born yet :-). Next day the IAF put up an impromptu eight ship display!!

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Some more "oldies" for you, Narayan
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Travencore, many thanks. You are a reservoir of old valuable photos. In the top photo the tall young officer right in centre is Flight Lieut. AT Cooke who in 1965 engaged 3 Sabres on the Eastern front - shot down one, damaged a second and his wingman shot down the third. He later migrated to Australia. A couple of years ago, now in his seventies, he visited his old squadron. Photo below.

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Glamour boys, more importantly, heroes on wings
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A concise piece on the history of IAF

http://aviationspottersonline.com/in...ch-black-2018/

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A concise piece on the history of IAF

http://aviationspottersonline.com/in...ch-black-2018/
Oh my lord, that Trisonics patch with T-Bone from Swat Kats!!! Swoon. I think I have a new favourite squadron. I'm so glad that our aviators have the time for some levity to their work. That show was a big favourite of mine as a child when we moved back to India. The Turbo Kat in hindsight certainly had themes of the F-14 and the big Sukhois about it so I love this little patch even more.



Also those early aviation advertisements were really lovely. I very much appreciated them. Must be getting caught up in the whole retro-cool fever..
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http://aviationspottersonline.com/in...ch-black-2018/
PGA, Many many thanks.
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