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PRESIDENT CONFERS VAYU SENA MEDAL (GALLANTRY) TO WING COMMANDER RAVINDER AHLAWAT, FLYING (PILOT)

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  1. Anish

    Anish Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Despite his injuries, shock of impact, high wind blast and limited reaction, he took all the emergency actions correctly to save the aircraft and people of a village in close vicinity of the Pokharan range. Wing Commander Ravinder Ahlawat is awarded Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry).

    PRESIDENT CONFERS VAYU SENA MEDAL (GALLANTRY) TO
    WING COMMANDER RAVINDER AHLAWAT, FLYING (PILOT)

    On 26 Jul 16, Wg Cdr Ravinder Ahlawat was authorized to carry out a 'Range Instructional Technique' (RIT) sortie over Pokharan Range in Mirage 2000 Trainer aircraft as the captain of the aircraft, occupying the front cockpit. While carrying out "Pull Up Attack" circuit, at 500 ft above ground level at high speeds and in a turn, the aircraft experienced a Bird Hit. The severity of the impact shattered the canopy perspex completely and the bird hit Wg Cdr Ahlawat, damaging his helmet, breaking his visor and injuring his face, neck, arms and chest resulting in profuse bleeding and nearly incapacitating him. The bird also broke the glass separator between the front and the rear cockpit as well. The impact also damaged the front pilot ejection system.

    Due to the injuries, blood streaming down his face and bird remains, Wg Cdr Ahlawat had limited vision available from his left eye only. Despite the nature of his injuries, shock of impact, high wind blast and minimal reaction time since the aircraft was flying at low level, he took all the emergency actions correctly to save the aircraft and people of a village in close vicinity of the Pokharan range. During recovery, the rear pilot could not see the runway due to the perspex being obscured. Without the front pilot taking over and landing, the aircraft would have to be abandoned. There were significant chances of ejection system failure due to damage to the same. Displaying gallantry and upholding the virtues of "service-before-self", Wg Cdr Ahlawat used his one hand to open his left eye, took over the controls with the other hand and despite incapacitating injuries, limited binocular vision and with the canopy perspex blown off, he executed a safe landing on the nearest runway of an Air Force Base which resulted in saving of an expensive national asset and lives on ground.

    For this act of gallantry, Wing Commander Ravinder Ahlawat is awarded Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry).

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  2. Abingdonboy

    Abingdonboy Major Technical Analyst

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    Goddamn, a bird strike at 500ft and they still managed to recover the plane, whilst suffering injuries also?! EXCEPTIONAL piloting, truly superhuman- by all accounts that should have been a plane in the ground.
     
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  3. Anish

    Anish Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Hope others on this forum also begin to appreciate the IAF and the great work being done by its pilots
     
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    Abingdonboy Major Technical Analyst

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    As pilots, the IAF's are amongst the elite I don't think many doubt that.
     
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  5. vstol jockey

    vstol jockey Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    In 20Sqn IAF, in 1991, one of the Hunters in my formation had a bird hit in similar pull up attack profile over Dudhkundi range in Midnapore and the aircraft skin was torn off as if it was made of paper. These vultures are really big and in such pull up attacks, we are doing 480kts just about 200feet above ground. We than commence pull up without the target being sighted to a height of 1500feet AGL. During this pull up we sight the target, adjust our pull up profile and roll into the dive with 135* angle of bank. Roll out of bank with sights on the target, track it, fire and pull out. During this pull out we hit a low of about 500feet and the speed is well past 500 kts. If you have a bird hit at that point, it can be extremely dangerous.
     
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    X_Killer Captain FULL MEMBER

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    Good initiative by MoD!
    A new web portal for all gallantry medal awardees since independence can now be accessed here>>>
    www.gallantryawards.gov.in

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