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IAF Sqd. 44 - 50th Anniv. & Presidential Standards info.

 
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2011 9:47 pm    Post subject: IAF Sqd. 44 - 50th Anniv. & Presidential Standards info. Reply with quote

IAF Squadron 44 "The Mighty Jets" are celebrating 50 years of their raising and are to receive President's Standards on 9 March 2011.

With 2 family members (My Dad & Uncle) having served with Squadron 44 (AN-12s), I received the following email from the current CO of Sqdn 44 at Nagpur.

Kindly pass on this information to anyone you might know, who has served in Squadron 44.

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I am pleased to apprise you that the preparations for the presentation of Presidential Standard are progressing as planned. 10 Mar 2011 has been finalized for the presentation ceremony in Baghdogra. We look forward to your whole hearted participation to make this occasion a memorable one.

2. The post PSP programmes to be conducted at Nagpur are as listed below:-
(a) Barakhana 25 Mar 2011 (Friday evening).

(b) Reunion Dinner 26 Mar 2011 (Saturday).

(c) Sqn Breakfast 27 Mar 2011 (Sunday).

3. It is requested that the confirmation of your attendance may please be sent in by mailing the attached RSVP proforma. All necessary arrangements for transport and accommodation would be made by the sqn. The information may please be sent at Sqns address by mail/ e-mail/ telephone nos. as mentioned below:

(a) 44 Sqn AF

Air Force Station,

Nagpur-440005

(b) pspmightyjets@sify.com

Thank You

Warm Regards
Wg Cdr BK Chauhan
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Here is the offical press release from the IAF :

http://indianairforce.nic.in/show_news.php?pg_id=2&news_id=597









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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice. I believe they are currently operating IL76's. Enjoy yourself.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.zeenews.com/news692295.html

President awards 'Standards' to two Air Force units
March 09, 2011

agdogra: President Pratibha Patil on Wednesday awarded prestigious 'Standards' to 44 Squadron and 110 Helicopter Unit of the Indian Air Force here in recognition of their sustained hard work and "operational excellence" during the times of war and peace.

"It gives me immense pleasure to be at Air Force Station Bagdogra, and to award Standards to 44 Squadron and 110 Helicopter Unit, popularly known as the 'Mighty Jets' and 'Vanguards' respectively," Patil said after awarding the honour to the two Air Force units.

The 44 Squadron is a transport unit formed in 1961. It was equipped with AN-32 aircraft.

"The unit also operates Russian made IL-76, which has been named as Gajraj. It can carry tanks also. and can accommodate around 350 personnel. Its is capable of carrying a load of 44 tonnes," an Air Force officer said.

During the India-Pakistan conflict of 1965, the 44 Squadron had carried out extensive airlift operations in support of the Army, while during the 1971 war, it carried out extensive bombing missions with the AN-12 aircraft, which had been suitably modified for the bombing role.

For its valorous efforts, 44 Squadron was awarded 'Battle Honours', which is a rare honour for a transport squadron.

"Both these flying units have a rich tradition of valour and courage, and have rendered distinguished service to the nation since their inception," Patil said.

Their personnel, both past and present, have put in untiring efforts in pursuit of excellence and have set an example for others to emulate and for their selfless devotion, professionalism and courage in the face of adversity, the Nation honours them today with a deep sense of gratitude and appreciation, she added.

"The award of 'Standard' is in recognition of sustained hard work and operational excellence displayed by these units during war, natural calamities and peace time operations," an official statement said.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is a bunch of stuff I received from the C.O. of Sqn 44 - an invitation card to the event, brochures, stickers, & a nice booklet about the squadron.
Very nicely done !


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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 12:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Decided to get the Inflight500 Indian Air Force IL-76MD K-2661; for Sqdn. 44.



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2016 7:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The DNA newspaper in India has a wonderful article on it's front page today, about Squadron 44, which celebrates its 55th Anniversary.
A pleasant surprise seeing coverage of a specific IAF Squadron in the Indian press.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2016 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice article, but...the AEW&C Be-50 shown is not a part of this squadron, is it?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 5:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sumantra wrote:
Very nice article, but...the AEW&C Be-50 shown is not a part of this squadron, is it?
Cheers, Sumantra.

No, that Beriev A-50 is operated by Sqdn 50.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 5:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

747-237 wrote:
No, that Beriev A-50 is operated by Sqdn 50.
Aha, thank you...so they operate all the three Il-76 variants that the IAF has, then? The Il-76 `Gajraj', the Il-78 Midas tanker, and the A-50 (which has the PS-90 engines instead of the Soloviev DK-30). However, the Il-78s and the A50s are based in Maharajpur, not Chandigarh: so Sqn 50 has two bases? I am confused.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sumantra wrote:
747-237 wrote:
No, that Beriev A-50 is operated by Sqdn 50.
Aha, thank you...so they operate all the three Il-76 variants that the IAF has, then? The Il-76 `Gajraj', the Il-78 Midas tanker, and the A-50 (which has the PS-90 engines instead of the Soloviev DK-30). However, the Il-78s and the A50s are based in Maharajpur, not Chandigarh: so Sqn 50 has two bases? I am confused.
Cheers, Sumantra.

Sumantra, yes; the IAF operates the IL-76 Candid, Il-78 Midas, & the A-50 Mainstay. (I am not certain why the IAF has their own "Indian reporting name", other than to satisfy their ego, and that too a common one for three distinct variants).

I am given to believe that Sqdn 50, operating the A-50; and Sqdn 78, operating the IL-78 are both based in Agra.

My last contact with my late father's Sqdn (44) was in 2011, when I was told that they are now based out of Nagpur (see my original post). Not sure if that has changed since.

BTW, we still have to go see BL727 at Palam - someday.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

747-237 wrote:
I am not certain why the IAF has their own "Indian reporting name"
Actually 747-237, I quite like the IAF names and the names of armed forces' operations (which also seem to have some pro-Hindi/Urdu bias, perhaps, apart from Operation Poomalai)
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I am given to believe that Sqdn 50, operating the A-50; and Sqdn 78, operating the IL-78 are both based in Agra.
Interesting...I was just wondering, based on some circumstantial evidence: I had seen all the A-50s at Maharajpur one day. they may have been visiting the place, for all I know.
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BTW, we still have to go see BL727 at Palam - someday.
Yes, Sir: I look forward to it!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sumantra, as Sqdn 44 turns 55 tomorrow - here is something from when it turned 5.
This invitation card to the 5th anniversary celebration of the squadron was designed by my old man, while they were based out of Chandigarh. Though the squadron was only 5, he had been through 2 wars, and was awarded his VSM while with them. This card is half a century old today. I bet that must've been some party, back in '66 !






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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

747-237 wrote:
Sumantra, as Sqdn 44 turns 55 tomorrow - here is something from when it turned 5.
747-237: I remember this one! You had shared these lovely memories with us, some time back as well. Yes, I remember you pointing this out...that your Papa had designed an An-12-shaped printed invitation, a lovely memoir for you to keep. `Mountain Geese': I somehow seem to recount this name as well, from childhood memories of the Sqn based in Chandigarh. Or have I got it all wrong?
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sumantra wrote:
`Mountain Geese': I somehow seem to recount this name as well, from childhood memories of the Sqn based in Chandigarh. Or have I got it all wrong?
Cheers, Sumantra.

You have it quite right - that is the squadron emblem, adopted on 26 May 1966.
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