“One-Zero, Overhead”

September 25, 2017

The R/T in Air Traffic Control crackled, “Blackjack Tower; One-Zero, Two Minutes“. And there was panic! The SATCO had just enough time to respond “Call Overhead” before he grabbed his telephone and called up the Station Commander. In minutes, the news went round the Station. The AOC Operations Command was descending (literally) on us for an inspection.

This was Air Force Station Adampur in 1957, a remote airfield in the heart of the Punjab, where 27 Sqn was based. There was only one operational Command at that time, covering the whole of India, commanded by the legendary 38 year-old Air Cmde Arjan Singh DFC. Read the rest of this entry »

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We Met. We Partied. Big Deal.

February 7, 2017

That’s right. We met, we partied, we parted and we had a whale of a time. It would have been even whaler had all our friends joined us. So while we had fun there was always a stray comment – “Pity so and so couldn’t be here”. There is always a next time though and it’s closer than you think. Bossman Bhushan has decreed that we assemble again, within the year, at Bangalore. No ifs – no buts.  Read the rest of this entry »


AVM SK Sonpar – RIP

October 12, 2016

AVM SK Sonpar ‘Stona’, as he was more popularly referred to, passed away two days ago at Bangalore after a prolonged bout of health problems.

A thorough professional, exceptionally well read, it was almost impossible to contradict him on facts or professional knowledge. A well known figure in the Marut world having been a flight commander and then commanded 31 Sqn for a longish spell, many to-day remember his sharp witted comments and no-nonsense approach to his work.

He had settled down in Bangalore after retirement, and during the last few years generally preferred to keep his own company.

To Mrs Sonpar, Deepak, Arun and his family our heartfelt condolences.


“Triumph in Surrender”- Vijainder ‘Kuku’Thakur.

June 1, 2016
As one fortunate enough to have got the gist of the story, it is spell binding from cover to cover – take my word for it.
“Lancer Publisher on May 24, 2016 released the e-book edition of my maiden novel – Triumph in Surrender – on Amazon and Google Play. You can download and read free of cost the first 2 chapters of the Kindle edition from Amazon, and the first five chapters from Google Play. The latter allows you to read the book using your browser!

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Indian War hero applauded on domestic flight

May 16, 2016

Air Mshl Shashi Ramdas forwarded this story to me and I think it deserved repetition.

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YOU DONT MESS WITH SHUKS – a sam sekhar kahani

May 14, 2016

The year is 1972 and Pokran range was not yet been thought about as a nuke range. Tiger and Dagger squadrons would proceed for range work every two months for around three weeks to various airfields. Read the rest of this entry »


Sam Sekhar – Getting naughty & at his age too.

May 7, 2016

I am taking a step on the MarutFans blog where no other has yet ventured.The best way to relate to this Kahani, I am presuming that you were born in 1948 or earlier. It may also be familiar territory to those born later. Read the rest of this entry »