Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa and Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who piloted a MiG-21 Bison during the air strike at a terror camp in Pakistan’s Balakot in February, flew together on Monday in a two-seater version of the Russian-origin legacy jet.
Dhanoa commanded a squadron of frontline ground attack fighters and hit dug in defences in the icy heights of Kargil during the war in 1999.
In today’s sortie, the two took off in MiG-21 trainer from Pathankot and flew for 30 minutes.
This was Dhanoa’s last MiG-21 sortie flown with the Wing Commander. Dhanoa said, “This is my last sortie on a fighter jet. Both of us have two things in common. First, both of us ejected and second, both of us have fought Pakistanis. I fought in Kargil, he fought after Balakot. And third, I have flown with his father. It’s an honour for me to do my last sortie in the IAF, in a fighter aircraft, with his son.”