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About the Site:
"Indian Air Force - Bharatiya Vayu Sena" Website is the first Internet Website dedicated to the Indian Air Force. Originally started by R Chattopadhyay way back in 1996 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), this site today is one of the most comprehensive information resources on the Internet related to the Indian Air Force. There are Articles, Image Galleries, News Archives, Databases on this site that makes it the most comprehensive websites on the Internet today
About the Team
The Indian Air Force [Bharatiya Vayu Sena] site is maintained by Jagan Pillarisetti and Samir Chopra.
Jagan is best described as a military aviation and history enthusiast. His interests are multi-faceted, extending to other wings of the armed forces and other aspects of aviation like vintage aircraft and their preservation. His main objective is to chronicle the history of the Indian Air Force in its entirety. Jagan started off as a co-webmaster of the Bharat Rakshak IAF web site, which today can claim to be the most visited resource on the Indian Air Force and in his spare time has designed and maintained other websites devoted to the Vintage Aircraft in India and The 1971 India Pakistan War. His articles on IAF history have been published in Vayu Aerospace Review, the journal of the Society of Aerospace Studies in India. His passion for vintage aviation photography is reflected in his photographs being reproduced in quite a few western aviation magazines and books.
A military aviation history fan, Samir grew up reading WWI and WWII histories accompanied by the sound of jets overhead. He has been associated with the IAF in some shape or form all his life. His father, Sqn Ldr PC 'Chopi' Chopra VrC 69 F(P), served from 1956-1976 and flew Toofanis, Vampires, Mysteres, Su-7s and Hunters, including service in the 1965 Ops (8 Squadron, Mysteres) and 1971 Ops (108 Squadron, Su-7s). Samir's uncle, Air Marshal Gandharva 'Gaboo' Sen, had a long career as well, with his flying starting with Spitfires and ending with Marut HF-24s. Now, Samir's brother Sqn Ldr Ashutosh 'Chopi' Chopra 138 F(P), flies Jaguars with the Tuskers (the first jet he flew in service was the Hunter, the last jet flown by Sqn Ldr P C Chopra) and was lucky enough to be on the Hunter's last sortie. Samir hopes that there are more IAF pilots in the generations to come from his family.
Both Jagan and Samir have authored a book, The India-Pakistan Air War of 1965 which was published in 2005 by Manohar
Disclaimer: All content of this website under the subdirectory /IAF is the sole responsibility of the site webmasters: Jagan Pillarisetti and Samir Chopra. Neither Bharat-Rakshak.com nor any of its members other than Jagan or Samir are responsible for the accuracy of the information nor will Bharat-Rakshak.com be held accountable for any damage or liability arising over the inaccuracy or inappropriate usage of information contained within this sub-site. Any issues or problems can be bought to the notice of the webmasters by email or in writing. Email us at airforce AT bharat-rakshak.com for further information.
More Fine Print: The Webmasters reserves the right to reproduce all email correspondence either on this website or elsewhere unless it is specifically requested in the email not to be circulated. Due to the high volume of email we receive, we cannot answer queries on recruitment procedures and qualification criteria for joining the Indian Air Force (Visit http://careerairforce.nic.in ), Technical Queries on weapon systems or Classified GOI information.
This site would not have been possible without the vision and foresight of R Chattopadhyay, Seetal Ramesh Patel and Rakesh Koshy.
Previous Webmasters of the Site: R Chattopadhyay, Rakesh Koshy, Nakul Shah
We are grateful to the following for their contributions
Pushpindar Singh Chopra, SOCIETY OF AEROSPACE STUDIES
Vikramjit Singh Chopra, SOCIETY OF AEROSPACE STUDIES and VAYU AEROSPACE REVIEW
Dr. Shiv Shankar Sastry
K Sree Kumar
Vishnudeep Som NEW DELHI TELE VISION
Peter Steinemann SKYLINE AVIATION PHOTOGRAPHY
Simon Watson WINGMAN AVIATION
and most important of all
...... Countless Indian Air Force Veterans, their families and their friends who have come forward to ensure that the History of IAF is never forgotten......