• Tue. Jun 18th, 2024

Meet Astronaut designates for the prestigious Gaganyaan Mission:

Details of the valiant Indian Air Force Officers picked up for India’s first space flight mission

Group Captain Prasanth Balakrishnan Nair

Group Captain Prasanth Balakrishnan Nair was born in Thiruvazhiyad, Kerala on 26 August 1976.

He is alumnus of NDA and recipient of Sword of Honour at Air Force Academy. He was commissioned on 19 December 1998 in the fighter stream of IAF. He is a Cat A Flying Instructor and a Test Pilot with approx 3000 hrours of flying experience. He has flown variety of Aircrafts including Su-30 MKI, MiG-21, MiG-29, Hawk, Dornier, An-32, etc. He is also the alumnus of United States Staff College and a DS at DSSC, Wellington and FIS, Tambaram. He has commanded a premier fighter Su-30 Squadron.

Group Captain Ajit Krishnan

Group Captain Ajit Krishnan was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu on 19 April 1982.

He is alumnus of NDA and recipient of President’s Gold Medal and Sword of Honour at Air Force Academy. He was commissioned on 21 Jun 2003 in the fighter stream of IAF. He is Flying Instructor and a Test Pilot with approx 2900 hrs of flying experience. He has flown variety of Aircrafts including Su-30 MKI, MiG-21, MiG-21, Mig-29, Jaguar, Dornier, An-32 etc. He is also alumnus of DSSC, Wellington.

Group Captain Angad Pratap

Group Captain Angad Pratap was born in Prayagraj on 17 July 1982.

He is alumnus of NDA and was commissioned on 18 December 2004 in the fighter stream of IAF. He is a Flying Instructor and a Test Pilot with approx 2000 hrs of flying experience. He has flown variety of ac including Su-30 MKI, MiG-21, MiG-29, Jaguar, Hawk, Dornier, An-32 etc.

Wing Commander Shubhanshu Shukla

Wing Commander Shubhanshu Shukla was born in Lucknow, UP on 10 October 1985.

He is alumnus of NDA and was commissioned on 17 Jun 2006 in the fighter stream of IAF. He is a Fighter Combat Leader and a Test Pilot with approx 2000 hrs of flying experience. He has flown variety of ac including Su-30 MKI, MiG-21, MiG-29, Jaguar, Hawk, Dornier, An-32 etc.

Source: IAF

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