Iraqi Air Force
No.7 Training Squadron

Sukhoi Su-7u trainer (Moujik)


Saturday 7th June 1986

al Waleed
Iraqi Air Force base
Instructor Pilot: Wing Commander Promin Narain "Chick" Paralkar Indian Air Force on Deputation to the Iraqi Air Force
Student Pilot: Lt Mohammad Kais Iraqi Air Force



Many nations provided Air Force Instructors to train Iraqi Air Force pilot cadets. India began sending deputaions in 1958.
Wing Commander Promin Narain "Chick" Paralkar was on his instructional Deputation in 1987 with No.7 Training Squadron and well remembers one particular flight from H3, the al Waleed Iraqi Air Force on the Jordanian border, where he was based.

Sunday 7th June 1987,  10:20 hrs.

Piloting the Sukhoi Su-7 'Moujik' trainer from the rear seat Paralkar lifted the aircraft from the base runway for a 'General handling and Aerobatics' sortie with his Iraqi pupil, Lt Mohammad Kais.

The weather was fine with a high surface temperature (about 42 degress celcius). After Climbing to 4 kilometres control was handed to Kais who practiced some hard turns to both sides.

After a while Paralkar took over the controls and told Kais that he would be showing him a barrel roll and that he should follow him on controls during the demonstration. 

Paralkar increased the speed to about 850kms and commenced a barrel roll to the starboard. When the aircraft was inverted about 90 degrees from original heading the Instructor Pilot felt some restriction and sluggishness in the aileron controls and could not roll the aircraft. The aircraft's nose started dropping.

Paralkar asked his pupil if he was holding the control column, (Kais was a strong and sturdy young man). He replied, 'NO'.  Since he could not roll out the aircraft to get wings level and recover from  the Inverted dive the Wing Commander continued to do a half roll and pulled the aircraft out of the dive 270deg from original heading.

The Suhkoi was at a height of 1km and travelling at 450 kmph with wings level when Paralkar crossed the horizion to commence climbing.

He opened full throttle to climb but to his horror he found that there was no acceleration of the engine and speed was dropping. The JPT gauge showed the temperature and engine RPM were both low.


Wing Commander Promin Narain "Chick" Paralkar
Indian Air Force


Chick recalls,

"I realised that my engine had flamed out. I lowered the aircraft nose 12 degrees below horizon and initiated the relighting procedure and cautioned my pupil about the situation."

Thankfully Paralkar remembered that the aircraft was already below the minimum height for a safe relight and recovery which was 1.4 kms. He then Informed the ATC about the flameout and ground position and that they would be ejecting.

Both crew were sat in Russian designed KS-4 ejection seats. On initiation of ejection by either the Pupil (front) seat or by the instructor ( rear seat )  first the front canopy gets jettisoned, then the rear canopy, followed by ejection of rear seat and then the front seat, automatically. 

"I must have been at about 300m when I pulled the ejection handles on the sides of the ejection seat. Thereafter I just remember a lot of noise and tumbling till my seat stabilised and I was separated from it.

Once my parachute opened it was peaceful but then I saw my aircraft burst in flames.

For a moment I thought that my pupil was not as lucky as me because I did not see any parachute below me. Then I saw orange and white as Kais's parachute opened fully but within seconds I could see it crumple again and the ground rushing fast at me. I put my feet together slightly bent at the knees and waited for the impact."

Both the Instructor and his pupil were picked up from the landing site by a helicopter after about 45 minutes after the mishap.

Fortunately neither Kais or Paralkar suffered any injuries during the ejection and landing.

Paralkar was grounded for a month because of backache due to compression of his vertebrae.

The aircraft crashed in a remote desert area about 80 kilometres NNE of Waleed airbase. No one was killed or injured on ground.

Wing Commander Paralkar's was not the only loss to No 7 Squadron. About  8 months after his ejection the Squadron's CO ejected from a Su-7 fighter under similar circumstances .

Wing Commander  Paralkar
with his favourite MiG 21 aircraft


Sincere thanks to Wing Commander (Retd) P N Paralkar, Indian Air Force
All photos copyright Wg. Cdr. Paralkar - used with permission.

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