Message from Alumnus Flying Officer Turab Ali Khan Agha

turab 001December 1941

I am herewith sending you a few notes on my Civil Aviation career since leaving the College. I do hope you will forgive me for not including my flying duties with R.A.F. in which case I have to take special permit from A.H.Q. and I am afraid to do that; one has to apply at least a fortnight earlier.

1933       joined Europe’s famous Air Service Training School at Hamble, England.

1934       took part in the Isle of Wight Air Race and was placed third.

1934       was the first Indian to fly aircraft in the King’s Cup Air Race*.

1935        received Air Ministry’s Commercial ‘B’ Pilot’s licence.

1935-36  flew extensively all over European continent, North Africa, Middle East and Anatolia.

1937        joined Tata Air Line as pilot on regular routes in India and Ceylon.

1939       when war broke out was the first Indian ever to receive commission in the R.A.F.V.R.** as pilot.

Have flown 30 different types of single and multi-engine aircraft which include high power service types.

Approximately flown about 1,500 hours, covering 200,000 miles.

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Map of routes flown in 1934 King’s Cup Race

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A de Havilland DH 60G III Moth Major


* The King’s Cup Race was an annual British handicapped cross-country air race, run by the Royal Aero Club Records Racing and Rally Association and first contested in 1922. The event was open to British pilots only, but that did include members of the Commonwealth. The event was established by King George V as an incentive to the development of light aircraft and engine design. The first race was an 810-mile contest from Croydon Aerodrome, south of London, to Glasgow, Scotland and back again after an overnight stop. There were no races during World War II, and the contest did not resume until 1949. The race was abandoned in 1951, due to bad weather. [Edited from]
Records show that “T.A.K. Aga” flew a D.H.60G III Moth Major in the 1934 King’s Cup Race and was forced to land in Reading due to a fuel problem. [] 

** Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Text and Photo: The Folio: FCC Magazine, Vol. XXXIII, No. 1 October-November 1941
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