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Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman VrC is an Indian Air Force Fighter pilot. In the 2019 India-Pakistan standoff, he was held captive for 60 hours in Pakistan after his aircraft was shot down in an aerial dogfight. He was conferred the Vir Chakra gallantry award in August 2019.
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Balakot airstrikes anniversary: IAF Chief RKS Bhaduria flies MiG-21 in same formation as WC Abhinandan's in 2019Indian Air Force Chief, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria on Wednesday tooks a MiG-21 aircraft of the 51 Squadron to flight to mark the first anniversary of the Balakot airstrikes.
Abhinandan Varthaman shot down Pakistan F-16, confirms Vir Chakra citationThe audacious pre-dawn air strikes on the Jaish-e-Mohammed facility at Balakot on February 26 last year and the subsequent skirmish between Indian and Pakistani fighters garnered a dozen medals for the..
'Had we procured Rafale...': Former IAF chief BS Dhanoa on India-Pak dogfight after Balakot strikeDhanoa said had Abhinandan Varthaman been flying a Rafale instead of a MiG 21 during the India-Pakistan dogfight after the Balakot strike, the outcome would have been different.
Abhinandan’s statue on display in Pakistan museumDressed in a copy of his Indian uniform, a large effigy of the pilot has been installed in an exhibit at the PAF Museum in Karachi alongside another statue bearing the likeness of the Pakistan Army..
'93,000 bhool gaye?': Twitter slams Pakistan for shamelessly displaying Abhinandan's mannequin at PAF museumLodhi shared the picture and wrote: "PAF has put mannequin of Abhi Nandhan on display in the museum. This would be a more interesting display if they can arrange a Cup of FANTASTIC tea in his hand."
Abhinandan leads the men and machines that taught Pak a lessonThe IAF on Tuesday put the men and their flying machines that bombed on February 26 a Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) facility at Balakot and then thwarted Pakistan's counter-offensive the next day at the..
IAF Chief awards units for Balakot airstrikes, thwarting Pakistan attackWing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman's 51 Squadron was awarded unit citation by Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria for thwarting Pakistani aerial attack and shooting down enemy F-16 fighter aircraft on..
Abhinandan Varthaman, who shot down Pak's F-16, flies fighter jet at Air Force Day ParadeWing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman of IAF, who shot down Pakistan's F-16 jet during a dogfight on February 27 earlier this year, flew MiG-21 Bison aircraft on Air Force Day parade today at Hindon Air..
Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman's 51 Squadron to be awarded unit citationTHE REAL HERO: He is being honoured by the IAF for thwarting Pakistani aerial attack
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Abhinandan Varthaman's 51 Squadron to be awarded unit citation by IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS BhadauriaThe number 9 squadron whose Mirage 2000 fighter aircraft carried out the Balakot aerial strike on February 26 during 'Operation Bandar', will also to be awarded unit citation.
Gunslinger's gone: Abhinandan Varthaman's evolving styleEarlier in August, he was also conferred with the Vir Chakra on the 73rd Independence Day.
IAF chief BS Dhanoa flies last combat sortie with copilot Wing Commander Abhinandan VarthamanAbhinandan became a national hero after he shot down an F-16 of the Pakistani army during India's attack on a terrorist camp in Balakot, deep inside the Line of Control, on February 27.
Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman keeps it simple!As Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman flew a sortie in MiG-21 fighter aircraft along with Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa from the Pathankot airbase, Twitter users were missing the officer's iconic..
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We both fought Pakistanis and we both ejected: IAF chief does sortie with Abhinandan VarthamanIAF chief BS Dhanoa who flew his last sortie with Abhinandan Varthaman, drew parallels with him saying both of them had fought Pakistanis and had ejected. "Both of us got ejected and both of us fought..
Pleasure to fly with Abhinandan: IAF chief after doing MiG-21 sortie togetherVir Chakra awardee Varthaman who shot down a Pakistani F-16 fighter jet post-Balakot operations had resumed flying operations on August 23.
Abhinandan Varthaman flies sortie of MiG-21 with IAF ChiefWing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman on Monday flew a sortie in a MiG-21 fighter aircraft along with IAF Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa. Varthaman fighter jet was shot down during Pakistan counter-attack on..
IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman to fly MiG-21 during Apache inductionThe first batch of the Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian Attack Helicopters, which is world's most lethal attack helicopter, arrived in India in July at the IAF Hindon Airbase in Ghaziabad
Indian Air Force's Abhinandan Varthaman starts flying MiG 21Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, the IAF pilot who became the face of a tense military confrontation between India and Pakistan in February, has started flying MiG 21 jet again.
Vir Chakra for Abhinandan Varthaman, Vayu Sena medals for Balakot bombersWing Commander Varthaman, who downed a Pakistan jet during an aerial combat in February and was held captive for three days, has been conferred the Vir Chakra, India's third-highest war time gallantry..
President approves 132 gallantry awards; Vir Chakra for Wing Commander AbhinandanSix Navy personnel have been awarded gallantry awards including one Shaurya Chakra for Marine Commando Amit Singh Rana for his role in two operations in Jammu and Kashmir in which eight terrorists were..
Independence Day: Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman to get Vir ChakraAbhinandan to be awarded.
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Abhinandan Varthaman to start flying MiG 21 within next two weeks: SourcesWing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman is set to fly MiG 21 within next two weeks as a medical board cleared his return to fighter cockpit. The 36-year-old IAF pilot had sustained injuries while ejecting..
Pakistani army spokesman posts misleading clipOn Feb 27, Ghafoor claimed Pak had captured two IAF pilots but later said only one, Abhinandan, was in their custody
Inspired by Abhinandan , Bhopal-based cop sports gunslinger moustacheA Bhopal-based policeman has styled his moustache taking inspiration from Indian Air Force (IAF) Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman's classic gunslinger moustache.
Abhinandan Varthaman's moustache should be given status of 'national moustache': Adhir Ranjan ChowdhuryCongress leader in the Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Monday proposed in the Lower House that the moustache of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman should be given the status of 'national..
Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik's 'Abhinandan' for team India after decisive win over PakistanFamous sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has complimented the Team India for their decisive win over Pakistan in the ongoing ICC Men's Cricket World Cup.