Kalam to deliver lecture on 'Vision for Space'

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Bangalore, Jan 16 (UNI) Former President A P J Abdul Kalam will deliver the 'Air Chief Marshal L M Katre Memorial Lecture' at HAL-Shri Ghatage Convention Centre here on January 19.

Talking to newspersons here today, Karnataka Air Force Association (AFA) President Air Marshal Ramamurthy said Mr Kalam would deliver a talk on 'Vision for Space'.

The memorial lecture was organised jointly by AFA, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Aeronautical Society of India (ASI).

Lakshman Madhav Katre, who had joined the Air Force as an officer cadet in 1944, had graduated as a pilot and was granted emergency commission in the Royal Indian Air Force.

During his career, he had commanded various operational squadrons and stations. In the 1971 war, because of his meticulous planning and foresight, he had successfully conducted uninterrupted operations from one of the forward airfields of the IAF that were constantly under attack by the Pakistan Air Force.

Air Marshal Katre had assumed charge in 1984 as the Chief of the Air Staff when he breathed his last on July one, 1985.

This was for the second year that a memorial lecture was held.

Chief of Air Staff M S Tyagi had delivered the talk last year.


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