The squadron crest is awarded by the President of India to a particular squadron. The PTS squadron crest consists of the Asoka held resting atop a laurel wreath on a white back ground with the squadron insignia displayed inside. The Ashoka head consists of four lions standing guard and facing mutually perpendicular directions of North, South, East and West. Only three lions are visible in the crest. The squadron insignia depicts a deployed parachute bringing down a supply container with wings attached. This signifies the role the squadron is involved in. the words "PARATROOPERS TRAINING SCHOOL" are inscribed on the top of the insignia and the words "INDIAN AIR FORCE" inscribed on the bottom half.
At the bottom of the crest is inscribed the squadron motto in sanskrit "SAAHAS KAUSHALAM BALAM"literally meaning courage skill, strength. These words exemplify the traits of every person belonging to this unit.
The history of 'Sky Hawks' spanning over half century now, dates back to the days of the second world war. In Oct 1941, the 50th Independence Para Brigade was formed with HQ in Delhi and simultaneously AirLanding School was formed at Willingdon (now Safdarjung) Airport, New Delhi. Two Indians were included in the Brigade for initial paratrooping. The first being 2nd Lt (Dr) Rangarajan and the second Havaldar Hukum Singh.
In 1942 the Air Landing School was rechristened as No 3 PTS, AF and moved to Chaklala (Rawalpindi) now in Pakistan. Between 1942 and 1947 No 3 PTS had a number of RAF officers and NCO instructors. Several Indian and Gorkha instructors were also empoyed. No 215 Sqn which operated Wellingtons from Rawalpindi was employed inparatroping Gorkha troops.
In 1944 Dakota aircraft in addition to the Valencia Hudson Wellington and Helifax aircraft were also used in paratrooping.
In 1947, the Partition of India led to the Indian element of 12 PJI's along with twelve alongwith thirty eight U/T PJI's under Sqn Ldr TS Gopalan to move to Agra. PTS in its present location came into being and training continued.
The squadron took part in various operational assignments as well and when it was called upon to do so. Some important assignments were:
|Sqn Ldr||M Vanian||PJI||1968|
|Flt Lt||P Venugopal||PJI||1982|
|Flt Lt||CBJ Alexander||Med||1953|
|Sqn Ldr||M Vania||PJI||1971|
|Sqn Ldr||SH Pednekar||F (P)||1974|
|Wg Cdr||S Chand||F (P)||1975|
|Sqn Ldr||SH Paniker||F (P)||1975|
|WO (HFO)||KN Nair||F/E||1982|
|Wg Cdr||Sodhi||F (P)||1986|
|Wg Cdr||Mandhir Singh||F (P)||1992|
|Gp Capt||VS Govindrajan||F (P)||1974|
|Sgt||Puran Singh||F II A||1965|