Aircraft Attrition of the Indian Air Force




This section of the website is dedicated to the hundreds of pilots and aircrew of the Indian Air Force, Indian Army , Indian Navy and Coast Guard Aviation wings, who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty , training rigorously in peace time and in exercises, in flying humanitarian and relief missions to their colleagues in the worst of terrain and conditions, and who have remained unacknowledged and unsung, except in the memories of their beloved.

  Click Here for Indian Air Force Aircraft losses 1933-1947  
  Click Here for Indian Air Force Aircraft losses 1947-Till Date  
  Click Here for Pakistan Air Force Aircraft losses 1947-Till Date  

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The Wreck of HJT-16 Kiran that crashed at Visakhapatnam in December 1999.Aircraft attrition section has its root in my IAF Attrition section that has been hosted on my tripod site years back. I had over the years collected attrition info related to the Indian Air Force in quite some detail, and have built upon with some information on other air forces as well.

From the links on the left - you can access the various sections. First and foremost is the Indian Air Force Attrition section post 1947 which has over 900 records.

The Pakistan Air Force section has a list of around 330 accidents since its inception in 1947.

The predecessor of both the Airforces, The Royal Indian Air Force losses are also listed in seperate link , these numbers nearly 300.

Note on Sources for Pre Independence Losses: The data for the pre-1947 crashes has been built from several sources.

Operational losses are taken from the Official History of the Royal Indian Air Force 1933-45 (Ed by SN Gupta , pub by MoD India) but the names could only be confirmed after referring to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Web Site at .

How accurate are these figures? The Figures between 1979 till 1996 cover 60% of all the losses. all figures prior to 79 are just indicative and in no way qualifies as comprehensive. All the incidents before 1994 have been covered by reports from news papers and sources. The Years 1994, 1995 , 1996 are not covered and we had to refer to secondary sources for the figures. 1997 and 1998 have been covered by a Statement released in the Parliament on 11 Mar 99. All figures from April 1999 have been collected by news reports from the Internet. To give you an idea of its coverage, Here are the 'reports' against the available data.


The attrition page have also been re-coded to make navigaton and querying more intuitive. Now you can click on the Aircraft name to retrieve a listing of records for that type. Alternative, if you find the Date field to be a hyper link, clicking on it will retreive the records for that particular year.

An year-wise listing for the IAF, PAF and WW2 can be accessed from this link

An aircraft typewise listing for the IAF, PAF and WW2 can be accessed from this link

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