Men get permanent commission in all branches except flying. The short service commission in the flying branch lasts for 14 years.
Pradeep, who joined the Air Force in 2004, had been involved in the rescue operations during the floods in 2018 that caused massive destruction throughout Kerala.
Menon had helped launch Elon Musk-run SpaceX's first humans to space during the 'Demo-2' mission.
The term Air Ace emerged in 1915 during World War I, at the same time as aerial dog fighting - a term intended to provide the home population with a cult of the hero in what was otherwise a war of attrition.
As part of our efforts to highlight unsung air warriors during Aero India 2021, Onmanorama speaks to couple of officers who played a significant role at AFS Agra.
India's aerospace and defence programmes are on a buoyant phase with renewed thrust coming from the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative.
The report came in the midst of a simmering political slugfest over procurement of Rafale jets by the Modi government from France.
The mechanic was servicing a warplane at a bast when the incident took place.