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Indian Air Force chief flies last sortie with F-16 slayer

Indian Air Force chief B. S. Dhanoa atop a Soviet-era MiG-21 trainer aircraft cockpit along with Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was feted with a Vir Chakra recently.

Pathankot (Punjab): Glimpses of a sortie of Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal B. S. Dhanoa, along with Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was on August 15 named for Vir Chakra, here today.

Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa and Wing Commander Abhinandan taking off from the Pathankot air base on a MiG-21 trainer aircraft.

This was the last sortie flown by the Chief of Air Staff in a fighter aircraft before his retirement at the end of this month.

Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa and Wing Commander Abhinandan at Pathankot air base today.

Wing Commander Abhinandan was feted with India’s third highest wartime gallantry medal for shooting down a Pakistan Air Force’s F-16 in February this year after the Balakot air strike by the IAF in retaliation to the terror strike in Jammu and Kashmir on a CRPF convoy.

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