World Records by IAF Officers: The Indian Armed Forces don’t just fight battles to protect the country, they also outperform others in various fields to hold special world records. The Indian Air Force Officers are also known for their dedication and perfection. It is not surprising to see a lot of familiar names holding world records after performing their duties extremely well and receiving the best training there is. These officers are over to leave a mark and put their heart and soul for the nation.
The following article discusses some of the world records created by the Officers of the IAF.
Fastest Round the World Trip In a Microlight
Indian Air Force Wing Commander Anil Kapoor and Wing Commander Rahul Monga created this world record in 2007 when they completed their journey of the entire world in a mere 79 days. They touched upon 81 destinations and travelled 40,497 kilometres in their microlight. The microlight weighed only 300 kgs. Therefore, the journey was not entirely smooth and they faced harsh weather conditions in many places. They were also stuck in Germany for four days and in Alaska for six days.
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Tandem Skydiving Jump
On September 17, 1999, in the airfield in Agra Air Marshal VK Bhatia PVSM, AVSM, VrC & Bar performed a tandem skydiving jump from an AN-32 aircraft. He was 56 years old when he did this.
Squadron Leader Sanjay Thapar VM is credited for introducing Air Force India to tandem skydiving. He holds two world records and seven national records in his field of speciality.
At the Air Force Station in Hindon Group Captain NK Parashar, JD AF Adv. became the first to fly the X-Air Microlight on September 15, 2000.
Jump from X-Air Microlight
Squadron Leader MIK Reddy was the first to perform a jump from X-Air Microlight. He did it on the night of September 15, 2000. He is a National Defence Academy graduate. Also, he holds the record for the most number of skydiving jumps for a non-PJI in the Air Force. He has also done around 780 skydiving jump and as an independent individual, he has conducted professional demonstrations and basic skydiving courses.
Squadron Leader Vasant Raj and his wife Flight Lieutenant Bhawana Mane are both helicopter pilots and on May 30, 2000, became the first couple in the Air Force that went skydiving together. This happened in the National Defence Academy located in Pune.
Jump over the South Pole
Furthermore, on January 1, 2000, a young parachute instructor became the first Indian to jump over the South Pole. Flight lieutenant Kamal Singh Oberoi was the one who undertook this daring task and emerged victoriously.
First Couple to do Relative Work
Flight Lieutenant Samyal, a professional parachute jump instructor at the Paratroopers Training School, and therefore, his wife Flight Lieutenant Kopal Gupta, Logistics Officer at the Agra Air Force Station, became the first couple to do Relative Work on October 4, 2000. This also happened in New Delhi where the Subroto Cup Finals were taking place in Ambedkar Stadium. Flt Lt Samyal had 350 jumps to his name as on that date and on the same date, Flt Lt Kopal had 220 jumps to her credit.
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