Bengaluru: Ex-IAF pilot creates fighter jet-themed jewellery | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: He may have left the Air Force but the Air Force hasn’t left him. Banashankari resident Aditya Raj Gupta’s novel fighter aircraft-themed creations are finding many takers in Bengaluru.
Gupta was a fighter pilot with the Indian Air Force (IAF) for three years till a sortie in December 2010, as part of a training exercise, left him with a spinal injury. Following a long recovery from a surgery, the flight lieutenant was confined to the desk, but sought retirement in 2014. He then joined his wife Somyata Gupta’s winter clothing outlet in Banashankari and began a new chapter in life.
Despite his flying career ending abruptly, Gupta’s heart remained with fighter planes. “In November of 2019, my schoolmate and best buddy Major Akshay Girish was martyred in a terrorist attack in Jammu. His departure affected me a lot and I started understanding in detail the lives of martyred persons’ families, when I began working with the trust run by Akshay’s father for veterans. I then decided I should do something to make a small contribution to these grieving families through my work,” the 35-year-old, who came up with the idea of creating products based on every aircraft in the IAF, said.
The Guptas started experimenting with their label Military Marvels in early 2020 by creating jackets with Air Force theme.
“It was a success as many opted for our fighter pilot-themed jackets, which we sold from our store. All proceedings from the sale were donated to Bengaluru families of martyred soldiers, mainly those who served in lower ranks in the services,” explained Gupta, who soon added jewellery, T-shirts, patches and even face masks to his creations themed on planes and helicopters.
But the initial success was hampered by the Covid lockdown and the couple began exploring online options. With the lockdown lifted and life returning to near normal in Bengaluru, Gupta showcased his works last weekend on Church Street during the Clean Air Street initiative much to the liking of many.
“Our fighter plane-themed jewellery, mainly earrings, chains and cufflinks, were a hit on the street, with many coming forward to purchase them,” the ex-pilot added.
Earnings go to NGOs

Gupta said his earnings from the products are being donated to city-based NGOs Vasanth Ratna Foundation and Major Akshay Girish Memorial Trust, working for the benefit of Bengaluru families of soldiers, who laid down their lives for the nation.

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