Platinum Jubilee Celebrations of Paratroopers' Training School
The 'Sky Hawks'
The Paratroopers' Training School, based at Air Force Station Agra recently celebrated its Platinum Jubilee.
To commemorate the Platinum Jubilee, the unit hosted a Barakhana on November 6, 2016 for about 1000 air warriors and their families. A Command Jump was held at Malpura Drop Zone, which showcased the Para drop capabilities of the C-17 Globe master, C-130J Hercules and AN-32 aircraft of the IAF. The veterans were hosted to a social evening on November 12, 2016. The events were attended by Air Marshal SBP Sinha, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C), Central Air Command (CAC), Air Marshal SRK Nair, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C), Training Command and a host of other senior military and civil dignitaries.
The 75 years of glorious service of the unit dates back to October 1941, when the unit was formed at Willingdon Camp (Safdarjung) at New Delhi. The unit then moved to Chaklala, Pakistan in 1942. Post partition, the unit moved to Agra in August 1947 under the command of Squadron Leader TS Gopalan and has been based here ever since. The unit has operated the Valencia, Hudson, Willington, Halifax, Dakota, and Packet aircraft in the past. Currently the unit operates the AN-32 aircraft.
The frontline transport squadron has been an active participant in all operations since its inception, including the 1971 Indo-Pak War, Operation Pawan, Operation Cactus and various humanitarian relief missions like Operation Meghrahat in 2014 and Operation Maitri (Nepal) in 2015. The Indian Air Force formation sky diving team 'Akash Ganga', is also a part of the unit. The air warriors of the unit have achieved many record-breaking feats which include the first Indian to skydive over the North Pole and South Pole and also the first air warrior to skydive over Mount Everest.
- Gargi Malik Sinha