Meet BLADE India Advisor - Air Marshal VK ‘Jimmy’ Bhatia

  • Air Marshal Bhatia was awarded the Veer Chakra (VrC) twice, for striking deep into enemy territory during the wars of 1965 and 1971. He is also a recipient of the PVSM and AVSM Presidential awards for distinguished services of the highest order.

  • He has a total of 5,500 hours of flying to his credit, accumulated on approximately 20 types of fighters including Mysteres and Hunters (1960s), MiG-21s and Su-7s (1970s), as well as on military transport aircraft and helicopters such as An-32, Avro HS-748, Dornier 228, Chetak/Cheetah, and Mi-8/Mi-17.

  • He has been a Qualified Pilot Attack Instructor and an Air Force Examiner.

  • A pilot of outstanding repute, Air Marshal Bhatia held a multitude of command and staff appointments at all levels of the IAF during his illustrious career spanning more than 40 years