Anil Yashwant Tipnis
Air Chief Marshal Anil Yashwant Tipnis, PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC (born 15 September 1940) served as Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force from 31 December 1998 to 31 December 2001. He commanded the Air Force to distinction during the Kargil War, when the force flew air superiority and close air support at heights of over 18,000 feet
A Y Tipnis
|Born||September 15, 1940|
|Years of service||20 May 1960 – 31 December 2001|
|Unit||No. 7 Squadron IAF|
|Commands held||Western Air Command|
Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
Early life and education
Tipnis qualified as a Fighter Combat Leader at the Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment (TACDE) in 1973.
After attending the Staff College course at the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, Wing Commander Tipnis took command of 23 Sqaudron quipped with Mig 21 Bison. After this stint, Tipnis was also short-listed (one among four) for the Interkosmos space program.
He attended the Defence Studies Course at National Defence College in 1989. On promotion to Two-star rank, AVM Tipnis was appointed Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Inspection) at Air HQ. He later took over as Air Officer Commanding (AOC) J & K Area.
As an Air Marshal, Tipnis served as Senior Air Staff Officer (SASO) of Eastern Air Command and of Western Air Command. He later served as the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Western Air Command from Aug 1995 to March 1997.
Awards and Decorations
| Chief of the Air Staff (India)
31 Dec 1998 - 31 Dec 2001