Former Air Chief Marshal of Indian Air Force (IAF) Hrushikesh Moolgavkar died in Pune on 9 April 2015. He was 95.
Moolgavkar had the honour of leading the fly-past on India’s first Independence Day on 15 August 1947, and also on Republic Day on 26 January 1951. He had led the fly-past as a Squadron Leader.
Selected and commissioned as a Pilot Officer in Royal Indian Air Force on 30 November 1940, he was appointed as the Chief of Air Staff on 1 February 1976.
His major achievement as Chief of Air Staff was implementation of new measures that brought down the accident rates. After serving IAF for 38 years, he retired on 31 August 1978.
Born in Mumbai on 14 August 1920, Moolgavkar was a recipient of Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM) and Mahaveer Chakra.
In 2009, his biography titled Leading from the Cockpit: A Fighter pilot's story authored by his daughter Jyoti M Rai was published.
When: 9 April 2015