Air Marshal Harish Masand was commissioned as a fighter pilot in December 1967.
He soon saw action in the liberation of Bangladesh in 1971 while flying Hunter aircraft from Hasimara and won a Vir Chakra for gallantry.
He inducted the MiG-29 as a Squadron Commander in 1987 and the Su-30s as the Base Commander in 1997.
He is well known for his displays on the MiG-29 and accident free flying for all his subordinates through his career. He is a Flying Instructor, Fighter Combat Leader, a graduate of the DSSC and an alumnus of the Air War College in USA, Class of ‘93. He has also served as an instructor in many training institutes.
After retirement in 2006, he settled down in Mhow and keeps busy writing and speaking on defence and national security matters.
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