Mumbai: Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman on Monday flew a joint sortie Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa in MiG-21 fighter.
He was recently awarded the Vir Chakra for shooting down a Pakistan fighter jet in a dogfight earlier this year. Varthaman had been taken captive by Pakistan after being shot down over Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in a dogfight which came in response to the Pulwama terror attack.
He was released two days after his capture, which de-escalated tensions between India and Pakistan.
During the negotiations after he was captured, Varthaman had become the face of the crisis - and what made him recognisable was his signature gunslinger moustache.
Videos and photos from Monday's flight of the MiG-21 however, showed that Varthaman had shaved off the moustache.