The newly appointed Indian Air Force Chief BS Dhanoya flew the oldest fighter jet Mig-21 solo in the IAF’s inventory. Ministry of Defence stated Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa flew the Mig-21 Type 96 aircraft from the IAF base at Uttarlai, a forward base in Rajasthan, where he began a three-day visit.
After becoming the IAF chief it is his first forward operational base. He is visiting the airbase in the western sector to check operational readiness and efficiency and inspect morale of the personnel stationed there. The IAF chief flew Mig-21, also known as ‘flying coffins’ for half-an-hour, said officials.
Dhanoa had flown Mig-21 aircraft during the Kargil War also. He flew ‘flying coffins’ in between the terrifying hills and valleys of Jammu & Kashmir region and accomplished the mission. For his brave contribution, he was awarded ‘Yudh Seva Medal’.