For a while in early 1974, while in the process of converting to Maruts, the Lions held three types on their inventory; a Hunter trainer – allotted for the purpose of maintaining some flying continuity during a period when Mysteres were grounded – Mysteres and the newly inducted Maruts.
Chick sent us this account and Sudhir Batra was able to produce the photograph:
“On 12th Jun 74 , I remember we had created history of sorts when our Sqn, which had 3 different types of aircraft on strength—Mystere , Hunter Mk 66E and Marut- carried out a close formation sortie with these aircraft. incidentally I did a pair take off , with me and S/L Johri in a Hunter trainer, and Wg Cdr Bhadkamkar in a Mystere. I remember I had to literally throttle back during the pair T/O to avoid overshooting Buddy sir. Kammy sir was the last to take off in a Marut. After join up and settling down we carried out close formation and the whole sortie was filmed by then Wg Cdr Dushyant Singh, who had flown from Agra in his Canberra to photograph the historic event!!”
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