Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata (29 July 1904 – 29 November 1993) was a French-born Indian aviator and business tycoon. He was the Chairman of Tata Sons. He became India’s first licensed pilot in 1929. In 1983, he was awarded the French Legion of Honour and, in 1992, India’s highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna.
J. R. D. Tata was inspired early by pioneer Louis Blériot, and took to flying. On 10 February 1929, Tata obtained the first pilot licence issued in India. He later came to be known as the father of Indian civil aviation. He founded India’s first commercial airline, Tata Airlines in 1932, which became Air India in 1946, now India’s national airline.