The National Cadet Corps and the IAF

 

APPENDIX D – BRIEF UNIT HISTORY AND COMMANDING OFFICER LISTS

Initially when NCC Air Squadrons were formed they were numbered chronologically as 1,2,3 and so followed by The State name in brackets and “Air Sqn NCC” thereafter. 35 Air Sqn’s were formed till 1962 with this nomenclature. When Circles were changed to Directorates, the nomenclature changed to a number within each Dte, followed by the abbreviated state name. All existing 35 squadrons were also renamed accordingly. Some of these renamed numbers underwent repeated changes due to Directorate level reorganization or change of states.


1. 1 MAH Air Nqn NCC was formed as 1 (Bombay) NCC Air Sqn at Bombay on 1 April 1950. It was changed to 1 MAH Air Sqn sometime around 1962 when the name of the state was changed from Bombay to Maharashtra. 

2. 1 BEN Air Nqn NCC was formed as 2 (Bengal) NCC Air Sqn at Calcutta on 1 April 1950. It was changed to 1 BEN Air Sqn likely sometime around 1962. As per a HAL report of 1966, it is likely that 1 BEN and 2 BEN Air Sqn’s, both at Calcutta interchanged names. 

3. 1 TN Air Nqn NCC was formed as 3 (Madras) NCC Air Sqn at Madras on 1 April 1951. It was renamed as 1 TN Air Sqn likely sometime around 1962. 

4. 1 BH Air Sqn NCC was formed as 4 (Bihar) NCC Air Sqn at Patna on 15 June 1952. It was renamed as 1 BH Air Sqn likely sometime around 1962. 

5. 1 DEL Air Nqn NCC was formed as 5 (Delhi) NCC Air Sqn at Delhi on 24 July 1952. It was renamed as 1 DEL Air Sqn likely sometime around 1962. 

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6. 3 UP Air Sqn NCC was raised as 6 (Uttar Pradesh) Air Sqn NCC at Kanpur as the first NCC Air unit in the state in September 1952. No. 6 (UP) Air Squadron at Kanpur was the first unit to receive a Glider in 1955.On the creation of the Directorate, the unit was renamed as 1 UP Air Sqn NCC. Sometime later it was renamed as 3 UP Air Sqn NCC. 

7. 1 PB Air Sqn NCC was raised as 7 (Punjab) Air Sqn NCC at Jullandhar in 1953. On the creation of the Directorate, the unit was renamed as 1 PB Air Sqn NCC sometime in 1962 

8. 2 MAH Air Sqn NCC was raised as 8 (Bombay) Air Sqn NCC at Nagpur in 1953. On the creation of the Directorate, the unit was renamed as 2 MAH Air Sqn NCC sometime in 1962  

9. 1 KAR Air Sqn NCC was raised as 9 (Mysore) Air Sqn NCC at Bangalore on 1 June 1954. On the creation of the Directorate, the unit was renamed as 1 MYSORE Air Sqn NCC sometime in 1962. Later the unit was re-designated as 1 Karnataka Air Sqn NCC in 1973 and is operating today at Jakkur Airfield. This Squadron acquired Ardhra gliders in 1984. Chicknox Microlight aircraft was added to the squadron's fleet in 1997, the X-Air Microlight came in 1998 and Zen-Air Microlite was inducted in 2001. Today, the squadron has four Zen Air Microlights and reports to Bangalore B Group. 

10. 1 Orissa Air Sqn NCC was raised as 10 (Orissa) Air Sqn NCC at Cuttack on 1 August 1955. On the creation of the Directorate, the unit was renamed as 1 Orissa Air Sqn NCC sometime in 1962. The unit moved to Bhuvaneshwar around June 1966 to due difficulties experienced in flying at cuttack. The unit reports to Berhampur Group 

11. 1 RAJ Air Sqn NCC was raised as 11 (Rajasthan) Air Sqn NCC at Jaipur on 1 August 1955. On the creation of the Directorate, the unit was renamed as 1 RAJ Air Sqn NCC sometime in 1962. 

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12. 2 BEN Air Sqn NCC was raised as 12 (Bengal) Air Sqn NCC at Calcutta on 1 August 1955 as the 2nd NCC Air Sqn in the city. On the creation of the Directorate, the unit was renamed as 2 BEN Air Sqn NCC sometime in 1962. 

13. 5 UP Air Sqn NCC was raised as 13 (Uttar Pradesh) Air Sqn NCC at Lucknow likely around 1956. On the creation of the Directorate, the unit was renamed as 2 UP Air Sqn NCC. Sometime later it was renamed as 5 UP Air Sqn NCC.  

14. 2 JH Air Sqn NCC was raised as 14 (Bihar) Air Sqn NCC on 01 Jul 1956 with one senior division flight consisting of 25 flight cadets. It was re-designated as 2 Bihar Air Sqn NCC in 1964-65 on reorganization of the NCC Air Sqn. On the creation of the State of Jharkhand the Sqn was renamed as 2 Jharkhand Air Sqn NCC. 

15. 2 T Air Sqn (Tech) NCC was raised as 1 (Andhra) Air Sqn (Tech) NCC in 1957 at Hyderabad as the first tech Air Sqn. It was re-designated as 2 Andhra Air Sqn (Tech) on reorganization of the NCC Air Sqn. On the creation of the State of Telanga, the Sqn was renamed as 2 T Air Sqn (Tech) NCC.

ServNo Branch Rank Name Date From Date To Appt Unit Location
3901 AE(M) S/L Gurbachan Singh 1960-12-11 CO 1 (Andhra) Air (T) Sqn NCC Secunderabad

16. 51 Assam Air Sqn (Tech) NCC was raised on 04th November 1957 as 2 Assam Air Sqn (Tech) NCC at Jorhat. It was redesignated as 51 Assam Air Sqn (Tech) in April 1969.
ServNo Branch Rank Name Date From Date To Appt Unit Location
24675 AE(L) W/C Manoj Kumar Sharma CO 51 AS Air (T) Sqn NCC Jorhat

17. 1 T Air Sqn NCC was raised as 15 (Andhra) Air Sqn NCC on 30 Nov 1957 at Secunderabad. It was re-designated as 1 A Air Sqn NCC around 1962 on the formation of the Directorate. On 31 March 2015, on the creation of the state of Telangana, the squadron was renamed 1 T Air Sqn NCC.
 

18. 1 MP Air Sqn NCC was raised on 07 Mar 1958 at Holkar Science College, Indore and as 16 (Madhya Pradesh) Air Sqn NCC. During reorganization of Air Wing NCC it was renamed as 1 MP Air Sqn NCC, Indore. The location was subsequently changed to Nehru Stadium Indore. The Squadron is a lodger Unit of No 40 wing AF Gwalior and is dependent on this wing for pay and allowances, central clothing except medical facility. The No.3 Air Force Hospital, Amla provides medical support. 

19. 1 GUJ Air Sqn NCC was raised at Baroda as 17 (Gujarat) Air Sqn NCC. During reorganization of Directorate, it was renamed as 1 Guj Air Sqn NCC. 

20. 3 MAH Air Sqn NCC was raised at Poona as 18 (Bombay) Air Sqn NCC. On the creation of the Directorate, the unit was renamed as 3 MAH Air Sqn NCC sometime in 1962. 

21. 2 PB Air Sqn NCC was raised at Amritsar as 19 (Punjab) Air Sqn NCC. On the creation of the Directorate, the unit was renamed as 2 PB Air Sqn NCC sometime in 1962. 

22. 50 AS Air Sqn NCC was raised at Guwahati as 20 (Assam) Air Sqn NCC. On the creation of the Directorate, the unit was renamed as 50 AS Air Sqn NCC sometime in 1962. 

23. 8 Andhra Air Sqn NCC was raised at Vijaywada as 21 (Andhra) Air Sqn NCC. On the creation of the Directorate, the unit was renamed as 8 Andhra Air Sqn NCC sometime in 1962. 

24. 7 RAJ Air Sqn NCC was raised at Kota as 22 (Rajasthan) Air Sqn NCC. On the creation of the Directorate, the unit was renamed as 2 RAJ Air Sqn NCC sometime in 1964-65. On reorganization of the Dte, it was renamed as 7 Raj Air Sqn NCC possibly around 1978. 

25. 1 J&K Air Sqn NCC was raised at Srinagar as 23 (J&K) Air Sqn NCC. On the creation of the Directorate, the unit was renamed as 1 J&K Air Sqn NCC sometime in 1964-65. The unit seems to have been disbanded subsequently. 

26. 2 TN Air Sqn NCC was raised at Coimbatore as 24 (Madras) Air Sqn NCC. On the creation of the Directorate, the unit was renamed as 2 TN Air Sqn NCC sometime in 1962. 

27. 2 MP Air Sqn NCC came in existence on 12th Sep 1960 at Bhopal as 25 (Madhya Pradesh) Air Sqn NCC. On the creation of the Directorate, the unit was renamed as 2 MP Air Sqn NCC sometime in 1962. 

28. 1 CHD Air Sqn NCC was raised in 1960 as 26 (Punjab) Air Sqn NCC at Chandigarh. In 1963 it was re-designated as No. 3 Punjab Air Sqn NCC. On re-organization of Punjab State it is functioning under Punjab Dte since 1966. Flying training and Gliding training was introduced for cadets in 1970 and 1973 respectively. 

29. 4 KAR Air Sqn NCC was raised as 27 (Mysore) Air Sqn NCC at Mysore. In 1963 it was re-designated as No. 2 Mysore Air Sqn NCC. On re-organization of Mysore state into Karnataka, it was redesignated as 4 KAR Air Sqn NCC. 

30. 1 KER Air Sqn NCC was raised as 28 (Kerala) Air Sqn NCC at Trivandrum. In 1963 it was re-designated as No. 1 KER Air Sqn NCC. 

31. 6 Raj NCC Air Sqn was raised as No. 29 (Rajasthan) NCC Air Sqn at Pilani. It was renamed as No. 3 Raj NCC Air Sqn on 30 June 1964 and moved to Udaipur in June 1965. It further was renamed as 6 Raj NCC Air Sqn on 18 June 1978. Sedberg T-21B, Eon baby (Single Seater) and Rohini Gliders joined the sqn in 1967. Sedburg and Eon Baby served till 1985 and Rohini till 1995. Ardhra glider was introduced in 1985 and served till 28 Feb 2011. In December 2000, Zen Microlight was introduced. 

32. 3 TN Air (Tech) Sqn NCC was formed sometime in 1960-61. Its earlier name is not known. 

33. 3 PB Air Sqn NCC was raised sometime in 1960-61 at Ambala as 31 (Punjab) Air Sqn NCC. It moved to Patiala in 1963. On the creation of the Directorate, the unit was renamed as 3 PB Air Sqn NCC sometime in 1962. 

34. 8 KAR Air Sqn NCC was raised as 32 (Mysore) Air Sqn NCC at Belgaum. In 1963 it was re-designated as No. 3 Mysore Air Sqn NCC. On re-organization of Mysore state into Karnataka, it was redesignated as 8 KAR Air Sqn NCC. 

35. 3 UP Air Sqn NCC was raised as 33 (Uttar Pradesh) Air Sqn NCC at Pantnagar. The unit was disbanded sometime after July 1965.

36. 3 CG Air Sqn was raised in February 1962 as 34 (Madhya Pradesh) Air Sqn NCC at Raipur. It was renamed 3 MP Air Sqn NCC on June 01 1964. Flying activities was started in 1970. Cadets were getting flying training at Eastern Flying Club, later the squadron started imparting its own glider flying training in November 1971 . Eastern MP Flying Club became non functional in 1979. A new state Chhattisgarh was carved out Madhya Pradesh on November 01 2000, consequently 3 MP Air Sqn redesignated as 3 CG Air Sqn on Aug 25 2001. On 26 March 2006 the sqn was allotted a Zen Air Microlite Aircraft (Transferred from 2 Air Sqn NCC Ranchi Jharkhand). 

37. 2 GUJ Air Sqn was raised in 1962 as 35 (Gujarat) Air Sqn NCC at Ahmedabad and was the last squadron formed under the old numbering methodology. It was renamed 2 GUJ Air Sqn NCC later. 

38. 7 UP Air Sqn NCC was raised on 01 Sep 1964 as 4 UP Air Sqn NCC at its present location Banaras Hindu University (BHU) Varanasi. In the beginning, the unit was part of Gp HQ Varanasi ‘A’. On 01 Feb 1986, the unit was placed under Gp HQ Varanasi ‘B’. The unit is established for 2 officers, 9 PI staffs and 21 civil staffs to look after NCC training. The unit is having 1 Squadron that consists of two flights each of 100 SD/SW cadets and 7 JD/JW troops each consist of 100 cadets. The unit had facilities of powered flying from 1966 till 1990 through Govt flying centre at BHU sponsored by DGCA, Lucknow. Subsequently, since 20th Nov 2000, the unit started microlite flying training to all its NCC cadets. This is being carried out from Kuchcha airstrip situated within BHU campus in co-ordination with the civil Aerodrome Babatpur, Varanasi. 

39. 9(A) Air Sqn (T) NCC, Kakinada was raised on 01 July 1965. Originally it was known as 7(A) Air Sqn (T) NCC. Subsequently during re-organisation and disbandment of certain NCC Units under Andhra Pradesh NCC Directorate in 1977-78, the Unit was thereafter named as 9(A) Air Sqn (Tech) NCC under NCC Group HQ Kakinada. 

40. 1 HAR Air Sqn NCC was setup in 1965 at Hisar. 

41. 4 PB Air Sqn NCC was setup in 1966 at Ludhiana. 

42. 2 HAR Air Sqn NCC was setup in 1967 at Karnal. 

43. 1 HP Air Sqn NCC was setup on 26 Jan 1972 at Kullu.

44. 2 DEL (Girls) Air Sqn NCC was originally formed as 5 RAJ (Girls) Air Sqn at Jaipur on 26 Sep 1974 as the first Girls NCC Air Sqn in the country. In 1983, the unit was moved to Delhi and renamed as 2 DEL (Girls) Air Sqn NCC. 

45. 1 P Air Sqn was raised on 15 December 1986 at Pondicherry. Glider and Microlight Flying activities of this squadron was inaugurated on 29 Nov 2001. Presently, the required manpower, one glider, two Microlight and one winch are available with the squadron. 

46. 3 KAR Air Sqn (Tech) NCC was raised at Bidar on 20 June 1987

47. 1 UK Air Sqn NCC was raised at Pantnagar in 2008 as the first Air Sqn in the recently formed Uttrakhand Directorate. Pantanagar used to host a NCC Air Sqn in the 1960s. 

48. 3 KER Air Sqn NCC was formed at Ernakulam on 31 Jan 2011. 

49. 1 Manipur Air Sqn NCC was formed at Imphal on 23 May 2011. It is likely Manipur had another Air Sqn in the 1970s.

50. 1 Mizoram Air Sqn NCC was formed at Lengpui on 23 May 2011. 

51. 2 OR Air Sqn NCC is the most recent raising at Jharsuguda on 1 October 2021.

52. 6 A Air Sqn NCC is at Vishakhapatnam.

53. 11 A Air Sqn (Tech) NCC is at Tirupati 

54. 4 T Air Sqn (Tech) NCC is at Warangal

55. 3 GUJ Air Sqn NCC is at Bhavnagar 

56. 2 KAR Air Sqn (Tech) NCC is at Bangalore

57. 6 KAR Air Sqn NCC is at Mangalore 

58. 1 Nagaland Air Sqn NCC is at Dimapur 

59. 4 RAJ Air Sqn NCC is at Jodhpur 

60. 4 TN Air Sqn (Tech) NCC is at Chennai 

61. 5 TN Air Sqn (Tech) NCC is at Salem 

62. 1 UP Air Sqn NCC is at Agra 

63. 3 BEN Air Sqn (Tech) NCC is at IIT Kharagpur 

64. 4 BEN Air Sqn (Tech) NCC is at Kolkata

65. 7 KAR Air Sqn NCC is at Bangalore

CO Lists 

Flying Squadrons
●3 Uttar Pradesh Air Sqn NCC
●1 Telangana Air Sqn NCC
3 (Old) Uttar Pradesh Air Sqn NCC
5 Rajasthan Air (Girls) Sqn NCC
●2 Orissa Air Sqn NCC