Flight of the Himalayan Eagle is a tribute to
the men and women of Indian Air Force, who stretch their flying machines to the
limits of performance to realize formidable military missions.
Not infrequently, defence
operations demand far more ‘power’ and ‘reach’ in their military machines to
overcome difficult situations. Shortfalls that arise consequently in military
capability take time to correct over years. The ingenuity of the armed forces
is the one that fills up the gap in the mean time.
of the Himalayan Eagle is an obvious
example of the case. The book graphically recounts how IAF kept alive the
lifelines of Army positions in the mountain frontier with aircraft that were
only marginally capable of flight operations over the high mountains.
The book opens a window to the
perils and intricacies of air operations in the Himalayan region as well as the
stubborn confidence of the IAF men in their ability to handle any situation
with whatever is at hand.
An aeronautical engineer by profession, Sankaralingam Krishnasamy served
in the Defence Research and Development Organisation in a number of positions for
over 38 years. He retired from DRDO service as Chief Executive, Centre for
Military Airworthiness and Certification.
S Krishnasamy is a Technical
Writer for reasons of his assignments in the many aircraft programmes. He
is also a Short Story Writer and that
was by his own choice. If one notices an undercurrent of human emotions in his
technical narrations, readers will now know why! Flight of the Himalayan Eagle is one good example!
Krishnasamy is Aviation Consultant
assisting programmes at defence laboratories in Bangalore. He is Fellow of the
Aeronautical Society of India and Member of the Institute of Defence Scientists