Extracts from “When The Wind Blows” by Polly Singh, published at Bharat Rakshak.
BD 830 departs for its first flight in Nov 64
Oct 62- AVM Ranjan Dutt, PN Reddy, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Prof Kurt Tank
Missing from the picture is Kapil Bhargava.
My father boards BD-834 at A&ATU in 1964.
The aircraft now named the “Marut” (Wind Spirit) entered service from Nov 69 with 10 Sqn (Daggers) and finally equipped three squadrons (10, 220 and 31) with an additional AD flight to train radar intercept officers. A total of 18 trainers designated Mk-ITs were also received. By the commencement of the 1971 Liberation war with Pakistan only two Squadrons (220 and 10) operated the type from Jodhpur and Uttarlai.
‘Bobby’ Kasbekar, Jit Dhawan (CO) Brain de Magrey, Flg Offr Srikant, ‘Kaka’ Bakshi and Flg Offr Batra of 220 Squadron inside a HAS after the war
Swan Song D-1205 , a serviceable (except for the expired ejection seat cartridge) late series Marut of the IAF museum is “towed” past the crowd at Palam on Air Force Day 1997. Note the painted -over fibre glass antenna fairings on the spine and fin tip and upper gun ports faired over. Pic Courtesy : Simon Watson