Former IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal AY Tipnis to Enlighten Blue Bells Public School


Gurugram: Former Indian Air Force Chief (IAF) Air Chief Marshal Anil Yashwant Tipnis will grace the annual function of Blue Bells Public School in Gurugram on March 16.

Aptly named “NEERNIDHI: AN ELIXIR OF LIFE”, the event aims to inspire students to conserve water by comparing it with elixir.

NEERNIDHI: AN ELIXIR OF LIFE’, Life without water can’t be imagined but do we humans realize it? This realization will be brought about through a grand presentation at Blue Bells Public School here in Gurugram.

A beautiful musical rendition will be offered by the students to pay a tribute to our brave soldiers followed by a scintillating ‘Ganesh Vandana’ to seek the blessings of God Almighty.

Progressive Annual Report for the session 2018-19 will be presented by Irijaya Kalra and Ojaswini Ahuja. This was followed by the Prize distribution ceremony to felicitate the students who have excelled in academics.

ACM Tipnis, who is a recipient of President’s award of PVSM (Param Vishisht Seva Medal), AVSM (Ati Vishisht Seva Medal), VM (Vayusena Medal) ADC will be the chief guest for the event and the guest of the honor will be his spouse Molina Tipnis.

The auspicious occasion will start with a brief lamp lighting.

A Brief introduction of Anil Yashwant Tipnis

Anil Yashwant Tipnis, former IAF Chief was born on September 15, 1940, and did his schooling at Barnes High School, Deolali. ACM AY Tipnis was commissioned into the Indian Air Force (IAF) as a fighter pilot on May 28, 1960. He finished his training with flying colors, receiving the coveted Majumdar Trophy for his excellent performance.

The initial years of Tipnis’ service were spent as an operational pilot in several frontline fighter squadrons. His first posting was to a Hunter Squadron. In 1963, when Wg Cdr Dilbagh Singh (later Air Chief Marshal and CAS of the IAF) raised the first MiG-21 Squadron, Tipnis was one of the few pilots to be sent to No 28 Squadron to fly the MiG-21s.

He was still serving with the First Supersonics when India-Pakistan war broke out in September 1965, and he served with the Squadron during its operations in the war.

In 1966 he graduated as a Pilot Attack Instructor (PAI) and won the Naronha Trophy for standing first. This was followed, in January 1970, by a deputation to Iraq as a PAI. On return he was posted as the Flight Commander of No 45 Sqn which then served as a MiG-21 Operational Conversion Unit.

He qualified as a Fighter Combat Leader at the IAF’s prestigious Tactics & Air Combat Development Establishment (TACDE) in 1973 winning the Sword of Honour; and later he continued on staff appointment as a flight commander of the Combat Development & Training Flight.