On Tuesday, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman leads a MiG-21 Bison formation at the Air Force Day Flypast. A few days ago, he was awarded ‘Vir Chakra’ for downing a Pakistani fighter jet.

Other fighter pilot who has participated in the Balakot Strikes has also taken part in the Air Force Day Flypast.

Five Gallantry awardees have also lead an Avenger formation comprising of two Su-30MKI aircraft and three Mirage 2000s.

The loudest cheer came from Mr. Varthaman when it was declared that the Wing Commander was leading the MiG-21 Bison formation.

On February 27, Mr. Varthaman has downed a Pakistani fighter jet in a dogfight, ahead of his own MiG-21 Bison was knocked down by a missile. After which, the Wing Commander has crash-landed in PoK (Pakistani occupied Kashmir) where he was detained. However, the Government of Pakistan has to release him after retaining him in its custody for around 60-hours.

The aerial skirmish had taken place a day after the Indian Air Force (IAF) has targeted terror camps in Pakistan’s Balakot.

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