Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman accompanies IAF Chief in his last Mig-21 sortie before retirement

Indian Air Force (IAF) Chief Air Chief Marshal (ACM) B.S. Dhanoa flew a Mig-21 sortie with Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman on Monday.

The duo flew the sortie from Pathankot air base and their flight lasted 30 minutes.

This was the last sortie flown by ACM Dhanoa, a fighter aircraft before his retirement. The IAF Chief, who is the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee, would retire from service on 30th September.

The Government is yet to name his successor.

Meanwhile, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman is back to active fighter flying and is posted in the Western sector after he was mandatorily grounded for medical reasons after he ejected from a Mig-21 and landed in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) on February 27. He shoot down an F-16 during the aerial engagement between Indian Air Force and Pakistani Air Force over the Line of Control before he was shot down by another Pakistani F-16.