Seeings one's name in Print.
Starting this site was a hobby. When it began, it
was probably the second most visited site on Indian Air Force after Bharat
Rakshak in 1998. Naturally people thought I was some sort of expert in these
matters (Another matter whether i am or not) and started emailing
me for information and help. I tried to help as much as I can and was sometimes
surprised that once in a while my name creeped into documents and books. Then I
started to do some hard work and write articles and take photographs. Presented
in this site are the various times I was quoted or credited!
Past Magazine Oct 2002 issue carried a photograph and a news
report sent by by me. A Photograph of the newly restored Tigermoth at
Dundigal which was taken on the open day during the Passing out Parade was
submitted and was published by Mr. Ellis.
The flypast team did make one small
mistake. The serial of the Tiger HU-858 was mistakenly given as HU-358
twice in the writeup that accompanied it even though the it was quite
clear in the photograph that I had sent.
||Aeroplane Monthly Magazine
Sept 2002 issue carried a mention of Warbirdsofindia.com, a Website
that I started and maintain. The monthly column 'Contact!' by
Paul Coggan mentions the discovery of various warbirds in India. Paul was gracious enough
to write about WoI as a 'wonderful internet resource'.
"As I alluded in CONTACT! earlier this year, India
has yielded several interesting airframes over the years. Ormond Haydon-Baillie and the
larger-than-life Doug Arnold, both Warbird pioneers, retrieved Spitfires and Tempests from
that country. More recently,the subcontinent revealed a rare Hawker Hurricane MkI that
Peter Vacher now has under restoration. The latest news comes from Jagan and
Kapil's wonderful internet resource www.warbirdsofindia.com.
Jagan recently... Click on Image on right to read
||Flypast February 2002 Issue carried a Photograph and report
contributed by me!. A new MiG-21U was installed in our city and I happened to sent it to
the Editor Mr. Ken Ellis. Ken published the photograph within a couple of months of me
contributing the information. Needless to say it was an achievement for me!
neccessarily a photograph, Flypast had earlier mentioned my website in thier magazine's
Web Watch section. I had not noticed it until an year later!
|| Wiraze is the official
news magazine of the Polish Air Force. Jarek Kantor, the editor waanted some pictures of
the Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team for an article they were working on. Luckily I happened to
have a few formation pics that I had taken at a recent airshow. Jarek used one of the
photos in the Magazine, which you can see on the left. Not exactly one of my best photos,
but Hey! another credit in your resume!
||One of my earliest venture was to write the
Lightning Strikes" -- About the No.20 Squadron of IAF in the 1971 War. The
article was published in Vayu Aerospace Review in the April 1999 issue under the nom de
guerre "Bharat Rakshak"
||It took me one and a half years to follow
through with another article on Vayu Aerospace Review in the Dec 2000 issue. This was the
first article of mine to be printed on my own name. Building upon a small anecdote that
was narrated to me on E-Mail, It turned out to be a lead which I followed up. ".. And one flew under
the..." became a reality.
||Michal Ovacik from
Czechoslavakia brings outa series of excellent books aimed at Modellers. One of his
books was on the Tempest. Michal wanted some basic clarifications - Like when the RIAF and
RPAF reverted back to thier current titles after dispensing off the "Royal"
Prefix. This earned me "A word of thanks" on page 2 (Inside Cover) and a
followed up with a book on the Sea Hawk fighter. Michal followed up with a request for
information on the Sea Hawk in the Indian Navy Service. I sent him a whole lot of
information, which never made it into the final book. But it did get me..this time a
"Grateful Acknowledement" (For the uninitiated its more than a "Word of
thanks" which i got previously.) and a complimentary copy. Thanks Michal, for putting
my name there even though I wasn't of much help!
|Once there was an International
Bird Strike Committee symposium happening in Amsterdam, Mr. W John Richardson emailed me
and used some of the basic Attrition information that was there with me on this site. John
used the information from the site in the paper he presented in the symposium. Giving me a
line of credit and publishing the URL in the references page.
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Indian Air Force Site