Thursday, May 19, 2022

Group Captain Abhinandan Varthaman, Who Shot Down Pak Jet, Receives Vir Chakra

by Staff Correspondent

Wing Commander (now Group Captain) Abhinandan Varthaman was awarded the Vir Chakra by President Ram Nath Kovind in an investiture ceremony for shooting down a Pakistani F-16 fighter aircraft in aerial combat on February 27, 2019.

Abhinandan Varthaman, then a Wing Commander was engaged in a dogfight with a Pakistani fighter jet in the aerial skirmishes between Indian and Pakistani Air Forces that followed the Pulwama attack. He was promoted to the rank of a Group Captain on November 3.

Abhinandan Varthaman was part of the Srinagar-based 51 squadron and had flown to thwart an aerial attack launched by the Pakistanis on February 27, 2019.

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