Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman Meets Army And Air Force Personnel in Jammu And Kashmir; Watch Video

Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman on Saturday cheered by army and air force personnel. The video of the IAF officer’s interaction with his colleagues is doing rounds on social media. In the video, Wg Cdr Varthaman looking fit and is seen clicking pictures with his air force colleagues and army personnel. ‘R-73 Selected’, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s Last Radio Message Before Ejecting Out of Mig-21 Bison.

The IAF pilot also joined men in shouting ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’. During his interaction, Wg Cdr Varthaman thanked the countrymen for their wishes. He said, “These photographs are not for you but for your families. I have not been able to meet them. I have recovered because of their prayers and the prayers of many.” Pakistan Air Force Pilot Shahzaz Ud Din Whose F-16 Was Shot Down by Wg Cd Abhinandan Varthaman Mistaken to be Indian; Lynched by PoK Locals?

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In the last week of March, Wg Cdr Varthaman joined his squadron in Srinagar. However, the IAF transferred the officer out of the Srinagar airbase amid concerns over his security in Kashmir valley. Wg Cdr Varthaman has been posted to an important airbase in the Western sector. Last month, he was also recommended by the force for the Vir Chakra, the third highest wartime gallantry award after the Paramvir Chakra and the Mahavir Chakra. The IAF officer has been recommended for the gallantry award for shooting down Pakistan’s F-16 fighter jet on February 27, after the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) warplanes violated the Indian airspace.

Wg Cdr Varthaman was part of a team comprosing of six Mi-21 Bison pilots who took off from Srinagar, along with Su-30 MKIs, Mig-29s and Mirage-2000s from other air force stations in response to Pakistan’s airspace violation on February 27. The PAF fighters dropped bombs at army formation camps in West of Rajouri in Sunderbani of Jammu and Kashmir. According to reports, the dogfight lasted for about 15 minutes, during which the IAF pilot managed to “lock on” to PAF’s F-16 and then fired R-73 missile. IAF Air Strikes in Pakistan: ‘We Don’t Count the Dead, Says Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa After BJP Chief Amit Shah Claims Over 250 JeM Terrorists Killed in Balakot.

During the aerial combat, Wg Cdr Varthaman let loose the Vympel R-73 air-to-air missile at the Pakistan fighter jet, F-16, before he himself was hit. After ejecting from his MIg-21 Bison, his parachute drifted in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) where he was taken into custody by the Pakistani Army. Pakistan’s F-16 Which Violated Indian Air Space Shot Down by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman with Mig-21 Bison; IAF Presents Cover of AMRAAM Missile As Evidence.

The IAF officer was released almost after 60 hours  by Pakistan on March 1. After his return from Pakistan via the Attari-Wagah border, Wg Cdr Varthaman underwent a series of medical tests at Army’s Research and Referral (R&R) hospital in Delhi.

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‘R-73 Selected’, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s Last Radio Message Before Ejecting Out of Mig-21 Bison

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s last radio message before ejecting his Mig-21 Bison was, “R-73 selected”. He then let loose the Vympel R-73 air-to-air missile at the Pakistan fighter jet, F-16, before he himself was hit. The dogfight between the Indian fighter jet and the Pakistan warplane started after the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) violated the Indian airspace on February 27. The PAF fighters dropped bombs at army formation camps in West of Rajouri in Sunderbani of Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan Air Force Pilot Shahzaz Ud Din Whose F-16 Was Shot Down by Wg Cd Abhinandan Varthaman Mistaken to be Indian; Lynched by PoK Locals?

After ejecting from his MIg-21 Bison, his parachute drifted in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) where he was taken into custody by the Pakistani Army. A day after the Indian Air Force (IAF) destroyed terror camps of Jaish-e-Mohammed in Pakistan’s Balakot on February 26, the PAF fighter jets violated the Indian airspace. Pakistan deployed F-16s, JF-17s and Mirage-5 attack jets in “a large strike packages” to retaliated against the IAF’s action. Pakistan’s F-16 Which Violated Indian Air Space Shot Down by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman with Mig-21 Bison; IAF Presents Cover of AMRAAM Missile As Evidence.

Wg Cdr Varthaman was part of a team comprosing of six Mi-21 Bison pilots who took off from Srinagar, apart from Su-30 MKIs, Mig-29s and Mirage-2000s from other air force stations. According to reports, the dogfight lasted for about 15 minutes, during which the IAF pilot managed to “lock on” to PAF’s F-16 and then fired R-73 missile. It is a short-range air-to-air missile developed by Vympel NPO. Lockheed Martin Busts Pakistan’s Lie; American Aircraft Manufacturer Not to Sue India For Claiming IAF’s MiG-21 Bison Shot Down PAF F-16 Fighter Jet.

The IAF officer was released almost after 60 hours  by Pakistan on March 1. After his return from Pakistan via the Attari-Wagah border late on Friday night, the IAF pilot underwent a series of medical tests at Army’s Research and Referral (R&R) hospital in Delhi. As per reports, he sustained a rib fracture, back contusion (bruise on lower back) and some bruises on the face, head and hands. The hospital confirmed that the IAF pilot did not suffer any ‘significant’ injury.

Indian Air Force to Honour World War – II Aircraft Dakota in Induction Ceremony Tomorrow at AFS Hindan: Know Some Interesting Facts About The Aircraft

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Dakota DC-3 (Picture Courtesy: Twitter/@IAF_MCC)

Vintage aircraft of the Indian Air Force, Dakota DC-3 reached India on April 25 at Air Force Station Jamnagar. The aircraft was gifted by Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament (MP) Rajeev Chandrashekhar to the IAF. The Dakota DC-3 joined the vintage air fleet of the force. The induction ceremony is scheduled on 04 May 18 at Air Force Station Hindan, to honour the old warhorse.

The vintage fleet was raised in Palam in 1988. Dakota were inducted in No 12 Sqadron of the IAF in 1946. The aircraft rendered invaluable service during 1947 Kashmir Operation. The aircraft rendered yeoman service towards evacuation of thousands of displaced refugees from Srinagar and Leh.

On 24 May 1948, the then Wing Commander Mehar Singh was the first to land The Dakota at a height of 11,550 feet in Leh, flying an unchartered route at 25,000 feet, having very little experience of high altitude landing during that period. Air Commodore Mehar Singh created a record of sorts by landing a Dakota with three tons of load against the maximum load of one ton specified by the manufacturer. Within the next six days, the IAF operated 73 sorties using Dakotas and 210 tons of supplies were brought into the beleaguered town of Poonch.

A large fleet of Dakota DC-3 served in the IAF till 1988. It was one of the most versatile transport aircraft of its time. The first Dakota aircraft transferred the 1st Sikh Regiment to Srinagar during the Kashmir conflict between India and Pakistan in 1947 just after India’s independence. It is World War II-era aircraft, which was built in 1944. It also served in the United Kingdom’s (UK) Royal Air Force.

The particular aircraft is recovered from the scarp from the UK by Chandrashekhar and gifted it to the IAF. The Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B.S Dhanoa had ceremonially accepted the aircraft into the IAF from Rajeev Chandrasekhar in February this year. His father air commodore M K Chandrasekhar (Retired) was a veteran Dakota pilot in the IAF. It will bear the tail number VP 905, the same one which the first such Dakota which transported troops to Srinagar on October 27, 1947.

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The Dakota DC-3 (Douglas Commercial 3) is a fixed-wing propeller-driven aircraft with tail wheel-type landing gear. It was the workhorse of most of the airlines and certainly the most widely used aircraft. It brought together all the technical innovations of the DC-1 and the DC-2. Its cruise speed (207 mph or 333 km/h) and range (1,500 mi or 2,400 km) revolutionized air transport in the 1930s and 1940s.

This aircraft made its first flight on 17 December 1935, it had a wider fuselage, larger wings and a small tail area. It was fast, had a good range and could operate from short runways. It was reliable, easy to maintain and carried passengers in greater comfort.

In 1951 Hindustn Aeronatical Limited (HAL) updated surplus WW II Dakotas, to raise a new Squadron. The aircraft were fitted with new engine, and were called the “Hyper” Dakotas. These aircraft were successfully used in the 1962 Chinese aggression and during 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak conflict, and during “Operation Tangail” – Bangladesh campaign in 1971. The aircraft undertook the crucial Para-Drop, in support of the Indian Army.

These aircraft have been used for VIP transport, training of pilots, navigators, target towing, survey, photo reconnaissance, air maintenance, logistic support, flood relief and many more roles.