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President Kovind awards Vayu Sena Medal to 2 IAF pilots for gallantry

New Delhi, Aug 17, 2017: Two Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots – R Ahlawat and SS Rao – were awarded the Vayu Sena Medal for Gallantry from President Ram Nath Kovind on 71st Indian Independence Day.

Updated:Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 23:59

President Kovind awards Vayu Sena Medal to 2 IAF pilots for gallantryNew Delhi, Aug 17, 2017: Two Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots – R Ahlawat and SS Rao – were awarded the Vayu Sena Medal for Gallantry from President Ram Nath Kovind on 71st Indian Independence Day.

On 26 Jul 2016, Wing Commander Ravinder Ahlawat was carrying out a `Range Instructional Technique` over the Pokharan Range when his aircraft experienced a bird strike. It shattered the aircraft`s canopy and completely damaged Ahlawat`s helmet, “injuring his face, neck, arms and chest resulting in profuse bleeding and nearly incapacitating him,” reports a post on IAF`s facebook page.

“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,” the post added.

Wing Commander Subhash Singh Rao (presently Group Captain) received the medal after he successfully executed the landing of his MiG aircraft despite the aircraft`s main wheel being misaligned.

On 10 Oct 2016, Rao was coming back to land his MiG-21 (Bis) Sqn aircraft post an Air Test sortie, when he was informed that the starboard main wheel of his aircraft was misaligned.

Source: Zee News

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