ISLAMABAD - Indian Air Force (IAF) Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa and Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman on Monday flew sortie in MiG-21 fighter aircraft in Pathankot, Punjab.
They flew the MiG-21 jet a day before the induction ceremony of Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian Attack Helicopters at the Pathankot Air Base. Abhinandan flew the MiG-21 for half an hour.
The trademark handlebar moustache of Abhinandan has been replaced and he donned a normal look. While Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa was the pilot, Abhinandan was the co-pilot. They flew in the MiG-21 Type 69 trainer aircraft. This was also the last sortie of the IAF Chief in a combat aircraft.
Wing Commander Abhinanadan was shot down by Pakistan Air Force in his MiG-21 Bison fighter during the Pakistani counter-attack on India on February 27 in response to Balakot airstrikes by the IAF