IAF Chief flies MiG 21
New Delhi: Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, who recently took charge as the Chief of Air Staff, did a solo on MiG-21 Type-96 aircraft from Air Force Station Utarlai in Rajasthan.
According to Indian Air Force (IAF) Spokesperson, Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa is on a visit to AFS Utarlai from January 12 to 14. This is his first visit to a forward operational base as the IAF Chief.
MiG-21 Type-96 aircraft is the oldest fighter fleet in the IAF inventory and Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa flew the same aircraft during Kargil operations. He had carried out many night strike missions in the mountainous terrain during Kargil mission was awarded Yudh Sewa Medal for his gallant acts.
IAF says the Chief is visiting the forward air base in the Western sector to assess operational readiness and review the morale of the personnel stationed there.
In June 2016, then IAF Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha had flown Light Combat Aircraft Tejas in Bengaluru. Raha had carried out manoeuvers in the entire flying envelope of the aircraft and even simulated air-to-air and air-to-ground attacks.