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  1. 1

    Ravindra

    Very inspiring! Proud to have such brave men in uniform. Jai Hind!

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    Anonymous

    Wow! What brave men our nation is blessed with!

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    Anonymous

    Great story…..sorry our brave pilots have to fly these junk planes. I wish we had the same men in hal, drdo and bureaucracy.

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    Nalin Sehgal

    A dire emergency very well handled. Well done Ram. Well done Anil!

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    Anonymous

    I am told that South indians make better fighter pilots than the north indians….the north guys usually fly transport planes and helos.

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      Anonymous

      Shiv Aroor. Please remove this comment. Not true. Racist nonsense.

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    Anonymous

    That is the problem with the indians….why do you need heroes in the first place, if the ground duty staff, the HAL and drdo guys did their job well these brave pilots need not lose their lives. One sukhoi-30 pilot died because his parachute harness broke because it was not shielded from sun and he fell to his death….india does not deserve to use such high-tech planes. Better fly jags and m2000 and mig21s

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    Anonymous

    Yay!
    Love Indian Air Force. Respect for our officer.
    God bless our fighters. They are simply awesome and best of the best.
    Jai Hind!

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    Kishore

    Let's hope a Mirage-2000 doesn't crash now to add to the irony after the last post and the subsequent Su-30 crash.

    Just kidding…

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    Mahesh

    I am little perplexed by your recent articles glorifying the pilots who crashed valuable assets of Airforce . Expecially shocked when i read about the article where you featured a pilot who crash landed twice . When you recount their horrors or difficuilt times with accounts of supposedly malfunctioning equipment , one you are accidentely glorifying a bad instance as crashing a jet by mistake or not is not a very happy moment for our nation but a reminder of a dull combination of poor pilot training , man errors ,faulty maintenance and accident malfunction and is no way this situation should be received as a gallentary war medal effort .Simply ejecting to save ones life is not an extremely brave scenario as much as you are pointing out . The most sad thing is and you are bringing in a sense of deep distrust in the minds of anybody young who wants to serve his nation in air force for who would love to go with a confused and hopeless mind that death lurks around everywhere when a career should be offering them hope and valour … so please with all respect please donot have such frequent stories of crashes which are very disturbing even to read … I tender my appologies to any disrespect towards the relevant pilots .. The crashes in the indian airforce is making it loose credibility .. loosing one squadron of precious assets each year is somethign which should send shudders in our spine and no tbe happy about it . It puzzles me how our enemies like china and pakistan have a such good flying records .. their crashes are minimal and they are enhancing their sqadron levels everyyear … I wish we could arrest this slide else …

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    Ram Bharadwaj

    As far as I remember, at the time of this incident we lost 1 more Mirage 2000 Trainer.

    Did the IAF order any replacements for the loss of these 2 jets????

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    Cheera

    Salute The Hero

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    Abhiman

    Wonder what Mr. Chopra has to say about the rotting Migs in the IAF, and the lives they've snuffed out.

    And what does he have to say about the Tejas ? Surely, its induction will REDUCE accidents significantly, won't it ?

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    Anonymous

    Let me tell you, in an actual event of war a mig-21 Bis and perhaps a retired (from attack role) Canberra or Hawker Hunter will play as much important role as these sukhois and m2000.

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    Anonymous

    Why does Pakistan which files similar old jets and now some Chinese jets do not have astounding crash rate as IAF.
    Chinese who make their own jets are also able to maintain them better
    it is time to back LCA

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    Anonymous

    No oneupmanship….unfortunately india does not have such high-quality men in bureaucracy and research establishment.

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    manjunath s

    THANKS TO MARTIN BAKER EJECTION SEAT…..

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    Anonymous

    Inspiration and Idiolism – Leaders like this – Nice to read abut them.

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    Anonymous

    In the last photo with the villager, the Air Marshall is wearing his aviator sunglasses at what seems like an evening or night setting! Funny 🙂 Our fighter pilots love to adopt western notion of fashion even when it looks absurdly unfashionable on them. I would suggest our fighters to create new fashion statements which suit our complexion and conditions and definitely try new styles of sunglasses, the aviators look obsolete.

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    Anonymous

    I have seen both these pilots…..they are one of the best and most professional fighter pilots we can ever have …… proud of u sir.

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    Anonymous

    anon@ 10:13
    The windows to the top right show its day time!…. :-p

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    Unknown

    I think the Defence Ministry should seek an explanation from the Air HQ about this accident.Just because you are the Commodore Commandant of the said squadron and an Air Marshal,doesn't mean that you can go on having joy-rides in frontline fighters and that is precisely what it was!It would have been acceptable, had it been the DG,Safety&Maintenance flying. This is tax-payers money.

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    Anonymous

    I am curious – this is the second story in which I've read the pilots call in their base about their ejection. Do the planes or seats not have any beacons (i.e. ELTs) to alert the concerned authorities regarding an ejection/crash?

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    Balwant Gurunay aka Guru Gurunay

    Truly proud of a great great officer and a great General. Bravo. Read it world by world 3 times. An amazing story of courage conviction and quick decision making, not giving up ever and making positive efforts till the very last. If you allow I'll make it a case study for my training modules. I would also like to answer a comment by an unknown author who has termed it as a joy ride, This is to inform you Mr Unknown that officers of this seniority and caliber do not sit in a fuckin junk box of a plane like a mirage for some stupid joy ride but as an exercise in motivating the young pilots. We all know that so many of the IAF birds need to be grounded but our country's economic condition, bad political will and pressing defence commitments force our engineers to keep them flying and our brave young officers to fly them and it is a great motivating gesture by someone the rank of a general to fly in these machines.

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    Rakesh

    Mr. Balwant Gurunay aka Guru

    There is nothing to feel proud in this case . Don't fortify the notion that every person flying these machines(specially Mirages) knows his game well.
    what was the outcome of court of inquiry…? never made public …! and there are all the reasons to believe the credibility of any such COI report.
    We are flying some thing for which we are capable of ,but these things should never be taken lightly. We have some of the best and the brave pilots for whom we are proud of, but these incidents undermines the image and credibility of a fighting force.
    What is the point in making it as case study. There is nothing wrong in ejecting from an ill fated aircraft but then the reason and the responsibility should be fixed honestly and sincerely. We can not just blame the machine and quote one or the other silly reason in favor of pilot. Turbine blades are not an old man's teeth which can get uprooted so easily.If the case was so then were the manufacturing agencies involved in inquiry…?
    With such biased inquiries we encourage pilots to take things lightly and this results in valuable loss of national assets and public money.
    We are a professional Air arm and can not get carried away with whims and fancies of any Hollywood movie where an out of touch and out of practice senior comes and try his hands at something for which he is not assigned of. What if he could have killed himself or the other pilot, it would have been an irrepaiable loss to the nation and to his family. Was he flying for the young pilots to show them his skills or was it just for fun sake? He may be a great pilots in his hay days but then every thing has its age and sharpness. By saying this I am not putting the blame on any of the pilots but I am replying to all those who thinks that each and every person stepping in the cockpit is an ace and its the only machine that is to blamed for any crash. Please dont get carried away with the false belief.

    Rakesh(IAF Veteran)

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    Ivan Jalaluddin

    An RAF Air Marshal has ejected from a Vulcan bomber as it was returning from a world tour as part of its introduction into service ceremonies…back in the 60s .And by a strange coincidence another IAF 2 seater Mirage crashed just a few days after this accident…and fortunately they also survived

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    Ivan Jalaluddin

    An RAF Air Marshal has ejected from a Vulcan bomber as it was returning from a world tour as part of its introduction into service demonstration flights…back in the 60s .And by a strange coincidence another IAF 2 seater Mirage crashed just a few days after this accident…and fortunately they also survived

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    Ivan Jalaluddin

    An RAF Air Marshal ejected from a Vulcan Bomber…back in the 60s as they were attempting a PAR approach in low visibility.He was the AOC in C of Strike Command…and returning from a world tour as part of the entry into service demonstration flights

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