Indian Air Chief flies MiG-21; heres why it made news
In a farewell of sorts, the Indian Air Force chief BS Dhanoa on Friday flew the last sortie of the ‘Hawkeyes’ squadron’s Mig-21.
This would in a sense bring a glorious end to the reign of the Type 96 variant of the fighter aircraft.
The fact was also confirmed by a Defence Ministry statement.
It may be known that Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa is on a three-day visit to Air Force Station Nal between December 28-30.
The Nal air force station is one of the premier air bases operating the MiG-21 aircraft, where 108 Squadron or the ‘Hawkeyes’ is being “number plated”.
“Chief of the Air Staff, callsign ‘Air Force One’, flew the last sortie of the ‘Hawkeyes’ thus bringing a glorious end to the reign of the T-96 aircraft, with the squadron,” the statement said.
During the course of his visit, the Air Force Chief addressed and interacted with personnel of the station, emphasizing the importance of aerospace safety, its various aspects and stressed on the physical security of the base.