Kishor Chauhan, Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan's father, has described his son as "extremely active, charismatic, charming and very witty" in an emotional interview.
Rakesh, who was 29 and grew up in Birmingham, was killed along with four other men in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.
The Ministry of Defence has called it a "tragic accident".
More top news
Variable cloud overnight but brighter tomorrow.
Dry with light winds. Fog patches by morning.
Mohammed Alam was sentenced in his absence in 2010 for an attack on a woman in Cheltenham.