OPERATION CACTUS: Indian Air Force (IAF) flies in the Paratroopers

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Group Captain A G Bewoor, VM (Retd) was
commissioned into the Transport Stream of the IAF in
October 65. He has flown more than 5000 hours on 11
types of aircraft and is a Category ‘A’ Flying Instructor. He
served with the Iraqi Air Force for two years, was an Air
Force Examiner and later the Senior Instructor Air Wing
at DSSC, Wellington. He was one of the 12 pilots selected
for training on IL-76 in USSR. During his tenure as the
Commanding Officer 44 Squadron, OPERATION
CACTUS was launched on 03 November 88 to defeat a
coup in Maldives. Settled in Pune, Bewoor writes regularly
for journals and magazines on military and other subjects.