IAF chief flies Tejas

Bengaluru, Feb 14 (IANS) A month after he flew a solo sortie in single engine MiG-21 fighter, Indian Air Force chief B.S. Dhanoa flew indigenous LCA Tejas on the first day of Aero India 2017.

Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa flew a trainer version of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) with Air Vice Marshal A.P. Singh, who is principal director at NFTC, being his co-pilot during the sortie over Yelahanka airbase.

Less than 15 days after taking over as the IAF chief, he flew solo in a Mig-21 fighter jet, the oldest fighter aircraft in the IAF’s inventory.

Dhanoa flew the Mig-21 Type 96 aircraft from the IAF base at Uttarlai, a forward base in Rajasthan.

His predecessor, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha flew the Tejas last year, becoming the first IAF chief to fly the indigenous fighter.

–IANS

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