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Chief of the Air Staff (1947-present)

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    The head of Indian Air Force is recognized as the Chief of the Air Staff. Let us have a look at Chief of Air Staff since 1947.

    No.

    Name

    Rank

    Appointment Date

    Left Office

    1

    Sir Thomas Walker Elmhirst

    Air Marshal

    15 Aug 1947

    22 Feb 1950

    2

    Ronald Ivelaw Chapman

    Air Marshal

    22 Feb 1950

    09 Dec 1951

    3

    Sir Gerald Ernest Gibbs

    Air Marshal

    10 Dec 1951

    31 Mar 1954

    4

    Subroto Mukerjee

    Air Marshal

    Apr 1, 1954

    Nov 8, 1960

    5

    Aspy Engineer

    Air Marshal

    Dec 1, 1960

    July 31, 1964

    6

    Arjan Singh

    The first Air Chief Marshal 

    Aug 1, 1964

    July 15, 1969

    7

    Pratap Chandra Lal

    Air Chief Marshal

    July 16, 1969

    Jan 15, 1973

    8

    Om Prakash Mehra

    Air Chief Marshal

    Jan 16, 1973

    Jan 31, 1976

    9

    Hrushikesh Moolgavkar

    Air Chief Marshal

    Feb 1, 1976

    Aug 31, 1978

    10

    Idris Latif

    Air Chief Marshal

    Sep 1, 1978

    Aug 31, 1981

    11

    Dilbagh Singh

    Air Chief Marshal

    Sep 1, 1981

    Sep 4, 1984

    12

    Lakshman Madhav Katre

    Air Chief Marshal

    Sep 4, 1984

    July 1, 1985

    13

    Denis La Fontaine

    Air Chief Marshal

    July 3, 1985

    July 31, 1988

    14

    Surinder Mehra

    Air Chief Marshal

    Aug 1, 1988

    July 31, 1991

    15

    Nirmal Chandra Suri

    Air Chief Marshal

    July 31, 1991

    July 31, 1993

    16

    Swaroop Kaul

    Air Chief Marshal

    Aug 1, 1993

    Dec 31, 1995

    17

    Satish Sareen

    Air Chief Marshal

    Dec 31, 1995

    Dec 31, 1998

    18

    Anil Tipnis

    Air Chief Marshal

    Dec 31, 1998

    Dec 31, 2001

    19

    Srinivasapuram Krishnaswamy

    Air Chief Marshal

    Dec 31, 2001

    Dec 31, 2004

    20

    Shashindra Pal Tyagi

    Air Chief Marshal

    Dec 31, 2004

    Mar 31, 2007

    21

    Fali Homi Major

    Air Chief Marshal

    Mar 31, 2007

    Mar 31, 2009

    22

    Pradeep Vasant Naik

    Air Chief Marshal

    Mar 31, 2009

    July 31, 2011

    23

    Norman Anil Kumar Browne

    Air Chief Marshal

    Aug 1, 2011

    Dec 31, 2013

    24

    Arup Raha

    Air Chief Marshal

    Dec 31, 2013

    Present

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