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Watch: Abhinandan Varthaman, who downed Pak F16, flies with IAF chief

ANI
Published : Sep 2, 2019, 1:39 pm IST
Updated : Sep 2, 2019, 1:39 pm IST

IAF chief Dhanoa also a MiG-21 pilot and had flown the planes during the 1999 Kargil war while commanding the 17 Squadron, during the war.

Abhinandan had been grounded due to ejection from his MiG-21 which had been shot down in aerial conflict with Pakistan Air Force F-16s. (Photo: ANI)
 Abhinandan had been grounded due to ejection from his MiG-21 which had been shot down in aerial conflict with Pakistan Air Force F-16s. (Photo: ANI)

Pathankot: Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa and Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman on Monday flew a sortie in a MiG-21 fighter aircraft from the Pathankot Airbase.

Vir Chakra awardee Varthaman, who shot down Pakistani F-16 fighter jet post-Balakot operation, had resumed flying operations on August 23. The officer has started flying after medical clearance.

During Pakistani counter-attack on India on February 27, in response to Balakot airstrikes, Abhinandan had flown a MiG 21 Bison fighter into Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Abhinandan had been grounded due to ejection from his MiG-21 which had been shot down in aerial conflict with Pakistan Air Force F-16s.

Indian Air Force (IAF) Chief, Dhanoa is also a MiG-21 pilot and had flown the planes during the 1999 Kargil war while commanding the 17 Squadron, during the war.

Tags: indian air force, balakot airstrike, abhinandan varthaman, kargil war
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