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History of Maintenance of Indian Air Force 1977-2016 12 Aeronautical Engineers' Course

Author Name: A Krupakaran, P Khandekar | Format: Hardcover | Genre : Technology & Engineering | Other Details

IAF from its humble beginning in 1932 has transformed itself into fourth largest AF operating at frontiers of technologies with multi-dimensional capabilities and a potent force to reckon with. It is said that the history is written by winners. But what is important is that the history is documented impartially, objectively and factually, as much as possible. It may be worth for IAF to consider coming out with a book each on Operations, Maintenance and Administration, depicting the historical decisions taken - successes and failures in equal measure - and how the IAF progressed over the decades to be what it is today - a professionally managed, optimally exploited, synergistically working and one of the most effective instruments of national power to ensure accomplishing objectives of the nation. “History is an argument without an end” said Pieter Geyl the Dutch historian.

“I am glad to recommend this book to all, as the readers of the book, irrespective of their background, will enjoy the journey of these ‘spanners and screwdrivers’ of 12 AEC covering almost 900 man-years of IAF maintenance. It is also bound to raise curiosity in many minds to know more about air force maintenance. The book may act as a lighthouse for a lot of the present serving aeronautical engineers in their progression.”

– Air Marshal KS Bhatia, PVSM AVSM & BAR

“40 years of IAF maintenance history told through the voices of 39 outstanding air force officers with an unsurpassed breadth of experience and accomplishments. Most inspiring.”

– Ramesh Dontha, Author of The 60-Minute Startup series of books, 3 times bestselling author, Gold Medal Award winner in 2020 Reader’s Favorite International Competition (Marketing)

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A Krupakaran, P Khandekar

A Krupakaran:

Wg Cdr A Krupakaran, a Madras University Engineering Graduate, an Alumnus of IISc, Bangalore and DSSC, Wellington, Fellow of IETE, has over 45 years of experience in the fields of Aeronautics, Technology, Management and Operations. Commencing his career in the Technical Arm of IAF, after an illustrious career, moved on to Technology Startups – ‘Spike Technologies’, ‘Qualcomm India’ and ‘SmartPlay Technologies’. He is currently a Board Member in the knowledge Committee of iNFHRA, Independent Director, Mentor of Technology Start Ups and is also an Author. He has authored three books – “It’s Y Our Life. Love it. Live it. Don’t Delay it”, “It’s Y Our Life. It’s Y Our Choice”, “It’s Y Our Life. It’s Y Our Family”.


Krupa, has a penchant for CAD – Culture, Arts and Dramatics - and traveling. Has performed in many plays right through school to college and even at Corporates. Over the years Krupa has been widely traveling both for business and pleasure, but learning a lot. Meeting people across boundaries, cultures, habits, collecting interesting snapshots of nature, learning from them juxtaposing with everyday life and enriching the idea of life and living and sharing them at large through his books. 

P Khandekar:

Veteran Air Marshal Prashant Khandekar AVSM is an alumnus of VNIT, NITIE and DSSC. He commanded MILIT apart from Air Forse Stations High Grounds and Kanpur. He is distinguished fellow of CENJOWS and recipient of Quality Leadership Award 2019. A Fellow of IETE, AeSI, IE and IIIE. He has authored three books. He is adjunct faculty of NIAS, Bengaluru and on the board of Directors of Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited. For his distinguished service of exceptional order, he was awarded Ati Vishist Seva Medal by the President of India in 2017.



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